Real Madrid lining up Jose Mourinho as Zinedine Zidane replacement – Times

Manchester United Jose Mourinho

As per a report from the Times, Spanish giants Real Madrid have lined up Jose Mourinho as the club’s next manager, in the case that results don’t quickly improve under Zinedine Zidane.

Mourinho’s recent struggles

Portuguese tactician Mourinho was relieved of his duties at Premier League giants Manchester United last December, following a dismal start to the season which saw many call into question whether the 55-year-old has what it takes to manage at the top-level anymore.

The earlier years of Mourinho’s career saw the one-time midfielder secure a number of high-profile trophies, including the Champions League with Porto, back-to-back Premier League titles with Chelsea, and even the treble with Inter Milan.

However, though he has since clinched another Premier League title during a second stint with Chelsea, the La Liga crown with Real Madrid and the Europa League with Manchester United, Mourinho has actually been sacked from his last 3 managerial positions.

Mourinho joins Sky

As such, work in the dugout has since proven hard to come by for the legendary tactician.

This resulted in Mourinho taking on a new role last month, with the Setubal native now a member of the Sky Sports punditry crew.

Mou to replace Zidane?

As per the aforementioned report from the Times, though, Mourinho could soon find himself back in charge of one of Europe’s top clubs.

The outfit in question are Real Madrid, where the former Porto boss of course previously spent 3 years between 2010 and 2013.

Los Blancos are currently led by Zinedine Zidane, who made a return to the club this past March.

Results during the Frenchman’s 2nd stint at the Bernabeu, however, have proven largely-underwhelming.

All told, Real have managed wins in just half of their fixtures since Zidane retook the reigns in the Spanish capital.

Zinedine Zidane during the Copa del Rey Quarter-Final Second-Leg match between Real Madrid and Leganes. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

As such, Los Merengues could soon be on the lookout for a replacement for their former midfielder.

And, according to Duncan Castles of the Times, Jose Mourinho has been identified as the ideal solution.

Real president Florentino Perez is said to have the Portuguese tactician ‘lined up’ as Zidane’s successor, with Mourinho himself ‘ready’ to return.

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