Real Madrid target Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino to replace Zidane

• President Florentino Pérez makes Argentinian first choice
• Spurs insist Pochettino’s contract contains no Madrid clause

Real Madrid have identified Mauricio Pochettino as the principal candidate to take over as manager after Zinedine Zidane’s surprise decision to walk away from the club, although Tottenham are adamant that the Argentinian’s new contract does not contain a clause which allows him to join the triple European champions.

The former France international announced he was leaving the Santiago Bernabéu stadium on Thursday, just five days after Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Champions League final in Kiev. It is understood that president Florentino Pérez has anointed Pochettino as the man he would like to succeed Zidane and has already sought to make contact with the 46-year-old on a day where they were caught off-guard by their former player’s departure.

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Chelsea tell Maurizio Sarri they will not pay Napoli release clause

• Talks with Italian over two-year deal progressing well
• Napoli play hard ball and Sarri’s lawyers consider legal options

Maurizio Sarri and his legal representatives have been left to explore ways to extricate him from the final two years of his Napoli contract as the Italian seeks to end the delay to his prospective appointment at Chelsea.

The Premier League club have held talks with Sarri, who was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli this month, despite Antonio Conte, who expects to be sacked, being in situ. Discussions over a two-year deal with an option for a third season are understood to have progressed well, though Chelsea made it clear they would not meet the £7m release clause in Sarri’s contract, which was not terminated when Napoli appointed his successor.

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Marco Silva’s history suggests Everton should prepare for fun and drama

Seven years after ending a modest playing career the Portuguese is about to embark on a sixth managerial job

It is easy to see why Everton identified Marco Silva as their ideal head coach last October but less easy to understand why they persisted in doing so after his time at Watford unravelled in off-pitch acrimony and on-pitch chaos. The manner in which his performance in Hertfordshire went from immaculate to inadequate must at the very least have made what might once have been a straightforward decision significantly more complicated.

Everton will believe they have the status to keep Silva’s ego satisfied for a bit longer than the two months and nine matches that separated his first game with the Hornets from the decision that he could do better. The coach’s history certainly suggests that what follows is likely to be fun as well as dramatic.

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A magic football and battles with pirates

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Management is about making decisions, and the decisions made by former members of England’s golden generation have generally looked dodgy from the start. Gary Neville opted to begin his career as a gaffer at a struggling club in a country where he couldn’t understand a word of what anyone said, and Steven Gerrard has gone and done the same. Silly old Sol Campbell, meanwhile, went and got himself all badged up without realising there is something about him that seems to make many potential employers consider him unworthy of becoming a peer of Steve Evans and Joseph Barton.

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