Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly being lined up as the next Tottenham Hotspur manager, with Jurgen Klopp the favourite to replace him at Real Madrid.
Ancelotti is under great pressure after seeing his side lose two of their last three matches in La Liga—including a dramatic 4-3 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona—thrusting Madrid's title hopes into disarray.
Daniel Levy is allegedly keen on bringing the Italian boss to White Hart Lane, despite wanting "Sherwood to succeed as manager," reported by Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail.
"Carlo Ancelotti has emerged as a shock contender to return to the Premier League at Tottenham if Tim Sherwood fails to keep the job beyond this summer," writes Ashton.
Klopp is revered across Europe due to his jovial character and resourcefulness, something Madrid appear keen on installing at the Bernabeu, according to Marca:
This season, Real have followed the German coach very closely. Dortmund's results may not have been as dazzling as last year, but Klopp's work has done even more to convince the club.
[...] For now, Ancelotti is the present and future of Real Madrid but Klopp is on the up and up and could rise even further in this round of the Champions League….
The managerial merry-go-round is sure to take up plenty of column space during the summer. Ancelotti's potential dismissal would perhaps be too premature, especially considering he has Madrid playing some of their most devastating attacking football in years.
Which is more likely?
Ultimately, he will be judged on his ability to land either the domestic or European title. Ancelotti spent handsomely on Gareth Bale during preseason, and as ever at Madrid, is expected to win trophies straight away.
Klopp's Borussia Dortmund side have been no match for Bayern Munich this campaign. Pep Guardiola's men have already secured the German title, but despite terrible injury problems throughout the season, Klopp's men have battled their way into second.
Last year's Champions League runners-up meet Madrid in this year's competition during two quarter-final encounters that pit Ancelotti and Klopp against each other.
It seems all the personnel and infrastructure for Ancelotti to be successful with Los Blancos is in place, as reported by ESPN FC:
Carlo Ancelotti said his Real Madrid team is "the most complete team I have coached." He coached AC Milan to 2 Champions League titles.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 1, 2014
He is used to coaching championship-winning teams, including Milan, Chelsea and Paris-Saint Germain, suggesting the Spurs job would certainly be a change of emphasis. Ancelotti is the type of name who could be welcomed into any vacancy with open arms, so it's difficult to suggest why Spurs would be an attractive prospect after their recent history of sacking managers.
For Klopp, a change of scenery could be an excellent idea. Bayern have the Bundesliga wrapped up for the considerable future—highlighted by their 23-point lead and ability to strip Dortmund of Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski—suggesting the 46-year-old manager is unlikely to find further success at the Westfalenstadion.
He may be tempted to try his hand somewhere else, and there's no denying Madrid would be a natural fit. Klopp favours fast-paced, free-flowing attacking football that prioritises control of possession and the use of wing play, traits Madrid have also flaunted throughout the season.
Both managers are sure to be judged on their remaining European displays, meaning the duo will have a direct impact on the other professional's career. Although Ancelotti to Spurs seems a stretch, Klopp is an ideal candidate for the juggernaut job at Madrid.