PA Sport looks at who could possibly try to fill the Special One’s shoes at the Bernabeu:
>> Rafael Benitez
Madrid-born Benitez has experience of managing in the English, Spanish and Italian top-flights and his CV boasts a Champions League title, the FA Cup and a European Super Cup along with two Primera Division titles and the UEFA Cup. The former Liverpool and Inter Milan coach is currently in charge of Chelsea on an interim basis.
>> Carlo Ancelotti
PSG coach Ancelotti has been linked with a number of clubs but on top of the list is Real Madrid. Reports suggest that Madrid have already been in talks with the former Chelsea, Milan and Juventus boss. Ancelotti would be a strong candidate to control some of the egos at Real.
>> Jurgen Klopp
Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp has gained European kudos this season after his side saw off the semi-final challenge of Real to reach their first Champions League final in 16 years. The charismatic German joined Dortmund in 2008 and has steered them to two Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12 and the DFB-Pokal Cup.
>> Jupp Heynckes
The current manager of Bayern Munich will be out of a job in the summer, even though he has guided the German side to a Bundesliga title in a record breaking season and is set to reach a Champions League final. The 67-year-old’s record as a manager would transcend well into the Madrid philosophy. He has also brought European success to the club before. In 1997/98 Heynckes, in his first season at the club, took the Champions League trophy back to Bernabeu for the first time in 32 years.
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