Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has said he would recommend his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri to any team amid suggestions he is the leading candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
The world of football was in shock on Thursday when Zidane confirmed he was resigning as Los Blancos boss during a hastily arranged news conference just five days after guiding the Spanish giants to a third successive Champions League title.
Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted Zidane’s decision took him by surprise when he was informed on Wednesday, leaving him with the unenviable task of replacing a hugely successful coach.
Although Sarri still has legal wrangles to sort with Napoli, Reina – who is joining AC Milan in July – believes the coach’s “maniacal” way of working makes him suitable for anyone.
“We are similar people. We had a father-son relationship – I love him very much and I will also be eternally grateful. He is the main inspiration of the records that Napoli has always been setting in these three years and he plays a great game,” said Reina.
“I would recommend it to any team in the world, for his football ideas and his maniacal way of working,” he added.
Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger, and youth team coach Guti – who used to play for the club – are said to be the leading contenders, but Sarri has also been touted as an option after he was dismissed by Napoli despite leading them to a second-place finish in Serie A.