Raul Gonzalez appears as a candidate for the Villarreal bench


Villarreal are continuing their hunt for their next manager, following the surprise sacking of Quique Setien this week. One of the options is Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez.

Setien lost his job on Tuesday following three defeats in four games and reports of a dressing room mutiny.

The three names most closely linked with the job initially were Javi Gracia, Julen Lopetegui and Marcelo Gallardo. According to the newspaper Marca, Pacheta and Eduardo Coudet are also on the list and that the “Yellow Submarine” opened initial talks with Gallardo and Coudet, but without success.

Now, according to DAZN, Real Madrid Castilla manager Raul Gonzalez has also emerged as an option. Raul, who has been in charge of Castilla for over four years now, has been linked with a number of positions, but Villarreal could be one of the most attractive so far.


Eintracht Frankfurt, Schalke, Leeds United and Espanyol have all shown an interest in him, while some have him as a candidate to take over from Carlo Ancelotti when he steps down. There is still no word on whether Raul could be lured away, having just started his fifth season with Castilla.

Villarreal certainly have the squad to challenge for European places this season, even if they lose some quality players in the summer.

Last season, the Yellow Submarine finished fifth under Setien and will be looking for a place in the Champions League if things go well.