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Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and Arsene Wenger are Real Madrid’s primary targets to replace caretaker manager Santiago Solari at Real Madrid, ahead of a possible move for Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino next summer, football analyst Ian McGarry has said on the podcast The Transfer Window (h/t Jack Wilson of the Daily Express).
McGarry said all three have been sounded out since Solari has taken temporary charge in the wake of Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal:
“Solari clearly does not have the status, the superstar credibility that [Zinedine] Zidane has. He’s not a guy who walks into the Real Madrid dressing room and commands instant respect. I think what we’re seeing is a holding candidate for 14 days.
“At that point a lot of negotiating will have been done, a lot of talking to people like Mourinho, Wenger, certainly to Conte, about the possibility of them taking over until the end of the season.”
McGarry believes whoever gets the job now would merely be a placeholder before president Florentino Perez brings in Pochettino next summer.
McGarry thinks Perez wants someone in charge until then so that he will have “six, seven months to schmooze” Pochettino and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy “to get Pochettino into the job by the start of the 2019 season.”
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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