Zinedine Zidane is stepping down as Real Madrid boss, just five days after leading them to a third straight Champions League triumph, which has opened the door for former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger or Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to take over the hot seat at the Bernabeu.
Explaining his decision at a news conference, Zidane said:
“Everything changes […] that’s why I took this decision. What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology. And that’s why I took this decision.”
“I love this club,” he added.
Zidane won three Champions League titles, one Spanish Super Cup, one La Liga, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups in just under three years, an impressive achievement, even with the funds and quality players he had at his disposal.
But who will take over from the Frenchman?
Well, the bookies have Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger almost as joint-favourites, though there is a wide disparity at this time, mainly due to the odds being so early following Zidane’s departure. Weight of money will stabilise the market shortly.
Pochettino is as low as 2.75 and as high as 5.00, whereas Wenger is as low as 2.38 and as high as 6.00.
Considering that Wenger is unemployed now and that Pochettino has just signed a new contract with Tottenham, you have to think that Wenger is the more likely option.
Wenger is still highly thought of despite his troubles at Arsenal and the timing of the Real Madrid vacancy could not be any better for both parties.
The odds do tend to be a good indicator, and a careful watch over the next couple of days will show whether Wenger is a credible candidate for the European Champions.
I am of the opinion that Wenger is the perfect candidate. Everything is in his favour, though Pochettino does remain a credible alternative.