Former Everton manager Roberto Martinez has emerged as the favourite to land the Real job.
Real sacked Julen Lopetegui on Monday after a string of poor defeats, culminating in their 5 – 1 thrashing at the weekend at the hands of deadly rivals Barcelona. Santiago Solari has been placed in temporary charge at the Bernabeu, but the club’s hierarchy have made it clear that his is only a temporary appointment, as they look for a high-profile permanent successor.
Whilst the links of Jose Mourinho and Maurico Pochettino have been linked with the job, Antonio Conte was widely assumed to be the favourite for the job. However, it now appears that the Italian can be ruled out following rumours that figures in the Real dressing room were opposed to his appointment.
Now it looks like the Spanish giants may be ready to turn to Martinez, currently the national team manager of Belgium, who he helped steer to the World Cup semi-finals this summer.
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