A 5-1 Clasico hammering at the hands of Barcelona proved the final straw for Madrid’s notoriously impatient board. Now they are seeking their third head coach of the year after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui was announced by the club on Monday. The former Spain head coach was axed after a run of one win in seven in all competitions. Now the European defending champions need a saviour. All in all, here are the top 5 leading contenders to take over Real Madrid.

5. Arsene Wenger

After his Arsenal departure, Wenger would surely relish the opportunity to lead arguably the biggest club in the world. But with the Gunners slipping out of contention for trophies in the latter period of his 22-year reign, questions would be asked about whether Wenger is still up for the challenge. And the 69 years old would hardly be a long-term appointment.

4. Roberto Martinez

According to the reports, Martinez a particular favourite among elements of the Madrid board. He has rebuilt his top-level coaching career with an accomplished time in charge of Belgium. While his detailed agreement with the national team would make it difficult for Madrid to prise him away, you would expect Martinez to be tempted by the prospect of the top job in his homeland.

3. Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino was reportedly on their shortlist to succeed Zidane even before Lopetegui joined Madrid. The Tottenham manager has repeatedly said he would never manage Barcelona, which will likely endear him to the Madrid faithful. But lacking any trophies on his record means he would arguably be a risky selection.

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