Replacing Zinedine Zidane is not easy, as Real Madrid know from their attempts to do so in 2018 with Julen Lopetegui and then Santiago Solari, and that is why there is so much debate in Los Blancos’ boardroom about who should replace him now.
The profile of coach has been a subject of much discussion, and despite Raul Gonzalez initially looking to be the favourite, Massimiliano Allegri is now the more likely candidate.
In Italy, speculation has been circling for several days and it could become a reality in the next few hours.
When Zidane left the club for the first time Allegri was one of the options considered, but he was employed by Juventus at the time.
After two years out of the game, Allegri will be hoping to repeat the success he had at Juventus, which has led to them asking him to return, while Napoli have also made an approach.
Raul has an offer from Eintracht Frankfurt, but his priority has always been to stay at Real Madrid.
Some at Real Madrid believe that he should take the offer to go to the Bundesliga and gain experience in Germany, which would allow him to later return to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Others, as reported by MARCA, believe that Raul is the natural replacement for Zidane and is ready to make the step up.
The forecasted change at the club
“We need a change,” was what Florentino Perez said on El Chiringuito when speaking about the Super League, but he was also referring to Real Madrid.
By changing the coach, with players and directors now aware that Zidane will depart at the end of the season, that process can begin.
Unlike in 2018 when Zidane departed, the club are better prepared this time around, despite Perez offering his support to Zidane in all of their recent meetings during a complicated season.
When the team was struggling the most in November, the president gave his full support to Zidane and that has not changed at all this season.
Change will continue, though, with captain Sergio Ramos’ future also up in the air, as well as that of other veterans like Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Isco and Lucas Vazquez.