Zinedine Zidane’s sudden revelation to step down from the helm of Real Madrid has taken everyone by surprise, and has forced the European champions to look into the market for a new boss.
Football news: Madrid will take all the necessary time to choose a rightful heir to Zidane
After a third successive Champions League glory, those at Santiago Bernabeu were in a joyous mood and were hoping for a quiet summer with the attention shifting to the upcoming World Cup.
But the sudden resignation from Zidane after a 3-1 final win against Liverpool has stunned everyone, including players, supporters and officials.
Madrid were not at all prepared for this and hence there were no Plan B chalked out for them. However soon news spread out that Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino and Germany manager Joachim Low were been identified as suitable replacements.
Pochettino has recently signed a deal with Tottenham up to 2023, but has left everyone wondering if he is going to violate it as he was seen given cryptic responses while attending at an event to promote his new book on Friday.
He has previously coached La Liga side Espanyol and might embark on future challenges in Spanish League if he breaks the recently signed deal.
Joachim Low has also extended his contract with Germany until 2022 and has distanced himself from the rumours that could tempt him to break the agreement within a matter of weeks.
Pochettino had many admirers from his days at Espanyol and moreover his side had deprived Zidane’s Madrid 4 points during the group stage of Champions League 2017-18, which Madrid went on to win.
While Pochettino remains the top target for the Los Blancos, they will however take time to get their next appointment right.
Moreover whoever steps into the shoes of Zidane will not experience the same level of respect and authority as Zidane had, because he was already part of the coaching team before taking the senior-most position.
Zidane had earlier coached the Real Madrid B side and had also served as the assistant manager for Carlo Ancelotti for the senior side, before being appointed as the senior manager.
Madrid knows that an era has ended and a new one is yet to begin and as a club of such a high stature, they would look to make the move slowly and would like to ensure the smoothest of transitions.