La Liga Sack Race: Is Zinedine Zidane already under pressure at Real Madrid?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 03 September 2019, 10:50

During his first spell in charge of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane won nine pieces of silverware including a hat-trick of Champions League trophies and the La Liga title. In total the Frenchman was victorious in 104 of his 149 games at the helm, which gave him a win rate of 69.8%.

Since returning to the Bernabeu in March Zidane has overseen just six wins in 14 games, which equates to a win rate of just 42.86% - the lowest of any single Real Madrid managerial spell since Amancio Amaro (40.83%) back in 1984/85.

Real Madrid opened up the season with a 3-1 victory at Celta Vigo, but they have since stalled following back-to-back draws at home to Real Valladolid, and away to Villarreal.

It’s early days of course but after only three games Zidane’s troops are already four points adrift of city rivals, and early pacesetters, Atletico Madrid.

We’re sure our readers are well aware of the next Premier League manager to leave market, but now Paddy Power have priced up the La Liga Sack Race market - click here for full odds - with Zidane handed odds of 9/1 to be the first manager out the door this season.

Given that he’s already splashed out nearly £300million this summer - on the likes of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Eder Militao - a sudden sacking would come as a surprise. However, Zidane's side have already dropped four points, and a failure to beat Levante at the Bernabeu in two weeks time would undoubtedly set the alarm bells ringing.

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The early favourite in this particular market is perhaps a surprise, Javi Calleja (6/1), the Villarreal boss who was prevented his first win of the season over the weekend following Gareth Bale’s late equaliser.

Marcelino, who has led Valencia to consecutive top-four finishes, is next in the running at 13/2 alongside David Gallego who has only been in charge of Espanyol since June. The Budgerigars have won five of their six Europa League games so far this term but have yet to carve out a win domestically.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is also well worth keeping an eye on.

He may have won the title in each of his two seasons at the helm of the Catalan club, but he did come under pressure at various points last season and with five points dropped already he'll be feeling the heat at the first international break.

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