Real Madrid ‘are ALREADY making a shortlist of managers to succeed Carlo Ancelotti’, despite Champions League success in May – with Florentino Perez ‘eyeing up club legends Raul and Xabi Alonso’
- Real Madrid have began drafting a list a managers to succeed Carlo Ancelotti
- They do so despite good results this year and Champions League success in May
- Florentino Perez wants to bring in someone similar to ex-boss Zinedine Zidane
- Perez is considering club legends Raul and Xabi Alonso to take the hotseat
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has began drafting a shortlist of managers to succeed Carlo Ancelotti, despite the club’s current good form.
Since making his return to the Bernabéu last summer, Ancelotti has delivered nothing but success as he guided Madrid to LaLiga and Champions League triumphs last season.
And despite a strong start this year, Perez has already begun his search for Ancelotti’s successor and hopes to find a similar option to former boss Zinedine Zidane – with two club legends being touted.
Carlo Ancelotti is running on borrowed time at Madrid despite delivering success for the club
Madrid legend’s Xabi Alonso (L) and Raul Gonzalez are on the shortlist to succeed Ancelotti
According to Media Foot, Perez wants a former player – like Zidane – to take charge and has set his sights on duo Raul and Xabi Alonso.
Raul, who made over 500 appearances for Madrid in his playing career, currently takes charge of the side’s Castilla team – since his appointment in 2019.
Meanwhile, Alonso has recently become available since leaving his role as manager of Real Sociedad B in May.
Neither have a vast experience in first-team management, similarly to Zidane, but Perez believes the former Galacticos are amongst the best available options.
Florentino Perez has began drafting a shortlist of names to succeed current boss Ancelotti
Zinedine Zidane won two LaLiga’s and three Champions League’s while in charge of Madrid
The same outlet suggests that Perez is also monitoring the situation of Bayern Muncih boss Julian Nagelsmann, should he become available in the future.
Despite winning the Bundesliga last year, the 25-year-old has had an underwhelming start to this year’s campaign – with the Bavarian giants sitting third after eight matches.
Nagelsmann fits the profile for Perez’s ideal manager and, should Bayern part ways with him, would also be a frontrunner for the Madrid hotseat.
Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann could also end up at Madrid, should he leave Germany
Ancelotti returned to Madrid last summer, after resigning at Everton, to embark on his second stint in charge of the club.
That year, he delivered two out of three possible domestic trophies – with success in LaLiga and the Spanish Super Cup – before beating Liverpool 1-0 in May to claim a Champions League title.
He became the first Madrid manager in history to win all six major trophies available, having won the Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup in his first stint.