Real Madrid could be lining up club legend Raul to replace Zinedine Zidane if the Frenchman fails to guide the team to victory in the Clasico this weekend.
Reports from Spain suggest Florentino Perez has been alarmed by the performances so far this season, culminating in home losses to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk in the same week.
Madrid face a crucial seven days, facing Barcelona first at Camp Nou on Saturday, followed by a trip to Germany to face Borussia Monchengladbach next Tuesday, two fixtures which will have serious ramifications for both competitions.
Though Zidane has been hamstrung by the coronavirus crisis and Madrid's subsequent lack of activity in the transfer market, the team's stale performances and lack of style has worried Perez.
Raul is currently coach of Real Madrid Castilla and has been quietly doing an excellent job, not dissimilar to that of Zidane before he was promoted to the senior position.
Should a heavy defeat arrive in the Clasico or defeat in Germany means qualification for the Champions League knockout stages is compromised, Perez may be forced into action.