Former Real Madrid midfielder Guti Hernandez has today been identified as a candidate who shall be interviewed for the St Mirren managerial position this week.
Sky Sports understand that Hernandez is part of a shortlist including former MK Dons manager Robbie Neilson and Jim McIntyre, a former striker at Reading.
The 41 year-old, currently the coach of Real’s Juvenil A squad, has been tipped to take the top job at the Santiago Bernabeu following Zinedine Zidane’s resignation last week. Back in April however, AS reported that Guti was planning on leaving his role at Los Blancos following the decision to keep Santiago Solari as Castilla manager for a third year.
With the club choosing to have Solari remain as Castilla boss following a poor season in Segunda B, Guti felt that he would have to leave in order to grow as a manager. He told the publication:
“If I continue with Madrid, it will be at Castilla. I have to evolve and I feel capable.”
Having spent two decades at the club, Guti finished his playing career in Turkey with Besiktas in 2011 before being appointed as a youth coach in 2013, a position he has held since.
It would be something of a coup for St Mirren to have a man of Guti’s calibre as their new manager. He would replace Jack Ross in the role, following the Scotsman’s appointment as former English Premiership side Sunderland’s manager.
The club from Paisley have just returned to the Scottish Premiership following a three year stay in the Championship and chairman Gordon Scott is aiming to remain in the country’s top league with a top half finish.