Spanish newspaper El Pais has a story that may be of interest to Tottenham Hotspur fans this week, with a report giving an update on Real Madrid’s managerial situation and alleged interest in Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
With Real losing 1-0 to Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu on Saturday, current coach Zinedine Zidane is coming under increasing pressure.
Indeed the latest report suggests Real president Florentino Perez has come to the decision that the former French international is not the right man to lead this team of superstars in the shadow of the all-conquering Barcelona.
So what next?
Well according to El Pais there are some key factors that could see Real overlook Pochettino in favour of an alternative.
The first is that the Tottenham boss is allegedly not seen to be big enough; in other words he lacks the star-name sparkle associated with Real managers of the past.
When you consider how well Spurs are doing this season and how well Pochettino has done since he arrived in England and before that in La Liga it seems a somewhat blinkered view, but one that is not likely to upset Tottenham fans if Real keep their hands off.
El Pais also claims that Perez has no intention of dealing with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy again following the negotiations that saw Gareth Bale complete a world-record move to Spain.
Pochettino may well end up back in La Liga eventually, but Real and everyone else would be wise to look elsewhere not because the Argentine is not good enough but because he is building something amazing at White Hart Lane and is too good for a club that goes on name rather than managerial ability.