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Real Madrid one of five giants to change coach in 2013

Reports in Spain suggest Mourinho's time at Madrid is numbered

"Disgruntled supporters recently whistled Mourinho having become frustrated by Real's league position of third, some 11 points behind Barcelona and still five behind city rivals Atletico Madrid even after their weekend derby win."

With the rumour mill in overdrive over a certain Special One's future, Christian Crowther looks at the potential for managerial changes at five top European clubs...

Current coach: Jose Mourinho 

Why he may leave: According to reports in Spain, Mourinho will part company with Real Madrid at the end of the season. Disgruntled supporters recently whistled the coach having become frustrated by Real's league position of third, some 11 points behind Barcelona and still five behind city rivals Atletico Madrid even after their weekend derby win. Their chances of retaining their Spanish crown are therefore currently rated at 10.09/1

Potential replacements: Rafa Benitez, Joachim Low, Arsene Wenger, Aitor Karanka, Fabio Capello, Laurent Blanc 

The best fit: Aitor Karanka - Currently the assistant manager at Real Madrid, Karanka knows the club inside out and, as a successful former player, will already have a good footing with the all-consuming Spanish media. 

Current coach: Rafa Benitez

Why he may leave: Chelsea's whimsical owner has decreed that Benitez is simply an interim manager keeping the seat warm for the next incumbent being lined up for the summer (no change in Chelsea policy there then). Rafa's appointment was brave in the extreme given the history with Liverpool and, unless the Spaniard can get Chelsea firing again on all fronts, it promises to be a very short and bumpy ride.

Potential replacements: Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Gus Poyet, Michael Laudrup, Diego Simeone

The best fit: Pep Guardiola - Even though Chelsea fans will be crying out for Mourinho, the rather unceremonious end to the Special One's time in London is the obvious stumbling block to any potential return. Guardiola's all-conquering Barcelona style is what the owner craves.

Current coach: Carlo Ancelotti

Why he may leave: Ancelotti took over with the club at the top of Ligue 1 last December but still failed to deliver the French title. Nearly a year on and after investing huge sums of money in the summer, PSG are still five points off Lyon's pace in France. A prolonged challenge in the Champions League may help keep Ancelotti in Paris, though failing to achieve either this or the title, for which they remain odds-on at 1.728/11, will be considered a colossal underachievement. 

Potential replacements: Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho

The best fit: Jose Mourinho - If there is a manager on the planet who has proved he can manage anywhere, it's Mourinho. PSG fans crave the French league title, which they have not won since 1993/94. So with the Portuguese, Premier League, Serie A and La Liga crowns already racked up, Mourinho could well be the perfect man to deliver it. 

Current coach: Massimiliano Allegri

Why he may leave: Milan suffered their worst ever start to a Serie A campaign under Allegri and many are surprised he made it past the end of October. In fairness, Milan have recovered well over the last month, though the Rossoneri still languish 14 points off Juventus in first place. With president Silvio Berlusconi recently confirming his interest in Pep Guardiola, Allegri may still be on borrowed time. 

Potential replacements: Pep Guardiola, Vincenzo Montella, Marco van Basten, Carlo Ancelotti, Luciano Spalletti

The best fit: Vincenzo Montella - The Roma legend is making everyone take notice in Italy as his exciting Fiorentina team currently sit just six points off Juventus in first. Montella favours an attractive approach and Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has already likened the 38-year-old's style to the one preferred by Berlusconi. 

Current coach: Jupp Heynckes 

Why he may leave: 67-year-old Heynckes has done little wrong in his third stint as Bayern manager, securing runners-up spot in both the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup last year. However, the former Real Madrid boss has previously cited 2013 as a retirement date. Obviously, if he were to go one better than last year by winning the Champions League, backable at 9.08/1, the veteran manager might judge it a fitting farewell. 

Potential replacements: Joachim Low, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Bert van Marwijk, Carlo Ancelotti

The best fit: Jose Mourinho - If Joachim Low was not in the middle of another World Cup qualifying campaign then the Germany coach would probably make the perfect fit at the Allianz Arena. However, like the PSG job, the multilingual and adaptable Mourinho could easily acclimatise to Germany.

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04 December 2012

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