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Next Real Madrid manager odds: Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino an outsider

Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Southampton managers lag behind Zinedine Zidane in the running to succeed Rafa Benitez if he is replaced.

The writing may already be on the wall for Rafa Benitez at Real Madrid after a 4-0 home embarrassment to rivals Barcelona at the weekend.

He was even given the dreaded 'vote of confidence' by club president Florentino Perez on Monday, reported ESPN, a sign that this could be his last chance already to turn the team's performances around.

Bookies are already taking bets on Benitez's potential replacement, and there is one clear favourite, current Madrid youth team boss Zinedine Zidane.

SkyBet rank Zidane at Evens, with the man who Benitez succeeded, Carlo Ancelotti second favourite at 10/1.

He is followed by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, linked with making an unlikely comeback of his own at 12/1.

Three Premier League bosses follow, listed at 20/1. They are Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino, Southampton's Ronald Koeman, and Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Zidane is listed as such an overwhelming favourite that there is no immediate worry for any of the clubs, but it is a reminder that a dangers exists of Real coming calling.

Spurs boss Pochettino is a particular rising star in football management, and was even quizzed over the Real job this summer by Spanish radio station Onda Cero, to which he responded he had received no approaches, and while it was a 'dream' job, he did not consider the timing right even if they did come calling.

With so much to achieve at Tottenham, and the side currently making major strides, he would be making a big mistake if he did jump away, but it would be understandable if Real did seek him out.

Southampton boss Koeman has resisted overtures from the Dutch FA regarding an international position, demonstrating his commitment to the club, while Manuel Pellegrini's long-term future at City is unclear, but if he wins the title this season it is hard to see City dispensing with his services.

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