Real Madrid new manager latest: The favourites to be named head coach as Julen Lopetegui is sacked

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The Bernabeu club dismissed Lopetegui after Sunday's humiliating 5-1 Clasico defeat to Barcelona

Real Madrid have finally dismissed Julen Lopetegui from his position as manager following the Bernabeu club’s humiliating 5-1 defeat to Barcelona.

The El Clasico loss was Real’s fifth defeat in their last six matches and leaves them ninth in La Liga – seven points off top spot.

Lopetegui’s reign at the Bernabeu lasted just 14 matches

Lopetegui’s reign at the Bernabeu lasted just 14 matches

Various reports suggest former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte tops Real’s shortlist as they search to replace Lopetegui, though Santiago Solari – an ex-Real player – has stepped up from his role as manager of Real Madrid Castilla to take charge of the senior side on an interim basis.

Solari will be in the dugout for the first time on Wednesday when Real take on Segunda Division B side Melilla in what is the most winnable of debuts.

The opening weeks of November throw up La Liga clashes against Valladolid and Celta Vigo either side of Real’s visit to Viktoia Plzen in the Champions League.

Another international break comes after Real take on Celta, with club bosses sure to hire a new manager before domestic football returns towards the end of the month.

But who is being backed to become Real Madrid’s next permanent manager? talkSPORT.com present the favourites for the position below, using odds from Sky Bet


=8. Rafa Benitez (Newcastle) – 33/1
=8. Laurent Blanc (Unattached) – 33/1
=8. Joachim Low (Germany) – 33/1

Could Low leave Germany after over a decade of service?

Could Low leave Germany after over a decade of service?

=8. Fernando Hierro (Unattached) – 33/1
=8. Albert Celades (Real Madrid assistant) – 33/1
7. Jose Mourinho (Manchester United) – 28/1
6. Guti (Besiktas assistant) – 25/1

5. Roberto Martinez (Belgium) – 16/1

Will Martinez’s fine work with Belgium land him the Real job?

Will Martinez’s fine work with Belgium land him the Real job?

4. Arsene Wenger (Unattached) – 8/1
3. Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur) – 4/1
2. Antonio Conte (Unattached) – 3/1
1. Santiago Solari (Real Madrid caretaker) – 8/15

Solari will be hoping to emulate Zinedine Zidane, the last Real manager to come in midway through a season

Solari will be hoping to emulate Zinedine Zidane, the last Real manager to come in midway through a season

*All odds correct as of Tuesday, October 30. Solari will be deemed permanent manager if in the dugout for 10 matches as caretaker

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