SANTIAGO SOLARI HAS A CONTRACT UNTIL 2021, BUT HE MIGHT NOT MAKE IT PAST THE SUMMER. THIS IS, AFTER ALL, REAL MADRID…
The lengths of managerial contracts don’t mean as much at Real Madrid as they do at other clubs, so the fact that Santiago Solari has a contract that runs until 2021 isn’t a guarantee that he’ll start next season in the dugout of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Of course, he is in an excellent position to remain in charge and the collection of at least one major trophy in 2018-19 would massively help his cause. But what if Real Madrid decide to look elsewhere?
The dream candidate for the Spanish club is Mauricio Pochettino. They have long admired the Tottenham boss, but were aware that he was unattainable in the middle of a season and couldn’t go after him in October. He may even prove to be unattainable in the summer, but he’d be a perfect fit due to his track record of working with young players, his reputation as one of the top tacticians in the sport and the fact that he has experience of La Liga from his time playing and coaching at Espanyol. Arsene Wenger, Antonio Conte,
Roberto Martinez and Guti were all also mentioned as options when it came to replacing Lopetegui, but for one reason or another they weren’t preferred to Solari. For Wenger, he was too late. For Conte, he was seen as too volatile. Martinez was thought to be too unproven at this level. And Guti was too raw. These perceptions may have changed by the time the summer comes, so they may once again be linked with what is one of the biggest jobs in football.