Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane may get sacked if his team gets beaten by Atletico Madrid in tonight’s UEFA Champions League final, according to reports in Spain.
Zidane took charge of the Los Blancos midway through the season, replacing Rafa Benitez at the helm of the Spanish giants. The Frenchman has since taken his team to the brink of winning the La Liga, losing the title to arch rivals FC Barcelona on the final match day.
Zidane, who won the Champions League with Real Madrid as a player by scoring a sensational volley against Bayer Leverkusen back in 2002, has now managed to lead the club to this season’s Champions League final as a manager. Their inter-city rivals Atletico Madrid are the only ones that now stand in their way of winning the decorated European title for a record 11th time.
However, it’s not only the aforementioned record that’s at stake tonight. As per reports, Zinedine Zidane’s job is also on the line, and a defeat tonight may get him sacked, despite 2 more years still left on his managerial contract!
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is believed to be targeting Sevilla manager Unai Emery, and sees him as an appropriate replacement for Zidane should he fail to deliver Real’s 11th major European title.
Unai Emery himself, has managed to win European silverware this season, as he led Sevilla to Europa League glory for the 3rd successive season by beating Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool 3-1 on the 19th of May. Perez is rumoured to have already sent an envoy to conduct initial discussions and to sound out Emery about a move to Santiago Bernabeu, if needed.
Emery is also being targeted by Premier League club Everton, but should Real Madrid come looking for the 44-year-old, there would only be one clear choice for the Spaniard.