Real Madrid’s defeat against Barcelona has put Rafa Benitez in a delicate situation, and although Florentino Perez backed the manager at a press conference, Los Blancos directors are reportedly considering possible candidates to replace the Spaniard.
Spanish media have revealed Joachim Löw is the main candidate to take on the job, should Benitez leave the Santiago Bernabeu before the end of the season.
The Germany national team manager has always been one of Florentino Perez’s favourites. In fact, he was one of the candidates to replace Carlo Ancelotti last summer, but the Los Blancos president finally chose Benitez.
Yet, it would be difficult for Löw to arrive before July, since he is focused in his job with Germany and has the European Championship ahead. Thus, it is highly unlikely that he will even consider any offer until the tournament is over.
The other candidate to become the next Los Blancos manager is Zinedine Zidane, although many at the Santiago Bernabeu believe he is not ready yet.
Spanish press has also claimed Carlo Ancelotti could return at the Santiago Bernabeu if Benitez is fired half way through the season.
Benitez arrived at Real Madrid last June. In 16 official matches so far this season, he has earned 10 victories, four draws and two losses.