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Managerial Novice Bursts Into The Betting To Become The New Real Madrid Manager

Jose Mourinho's former right-hand man is a surprise contender...
Jose Mourinho's former right-hand man is a surprise contender...

The race to become the Next Real Madrid Manager is proving to be an extremely difficult-to-predict affair. Former frontrunner Antonio Conte has ruled himself out of the running, although he remains in the mix at 8/1, while Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has been well backed, with the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger, and even Jose Mourinho in the frame.

The Spanish Football Federation's (RFEF) rules - ‘Article 160 - Vacancies’ - stipulate that if a manager is sacked during the La Liga season, in this instance Julen Lopetegui, a club must appoint a new boss within two weeks of the managerial departure, otherwise they face disciplinary action.

Step forward caretaker manager Santiago Solari, who has a total of four games within this 14 day period to bolster his prospects of bagging the full-time job. The Real Madrid B boss has already overseen one of those four matches, a midweek 4-0 win over Melilla in the Copa del Rey, but he will face a far sterner challenge on Saturday when Real Madrid host an in-form Real Valladolid outfit that are unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions (W5 D2) - should Real’s winless league run be extended to six matches, Solari’s hopes will no doubt be dented somewhat.

Just behind the aforementioned cluster of contenders for the job is a surprise name in Rui Faria, who has today (Friday) catapulted into the market at 16/1.

Faria does, of course, have links to Real, having worked as Mourinho’s right-hand man at the Bernabeu between 2010 and 2013, during which the Spanish giants lifted La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the Supercopa de Espana.

In total the Portuguese coach spent 17 years working alongside Mourinho, enjoying immense success at Porto, Chelsea (twice), and Inter Milan, while he decided to part ways with his fellow countryman at the end of last season following a two-year spell at Man Utd.

The 43-year-old has since stated that he is eager to return to football as a head coach, and last month was hotly linked with the then-vacancy at Aston Villa.

Faria may have a vast background of working and thriving at some of the biggest clubs in European football, however he has zero managerial experience to speak of, and while he has worked at Madrid before, it would come as a huge shock if the club opted to hire him as their new permanent manager.

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