12th March, 2019
Believe it or not, the great one is back at Real Madrid as Manager. Yes, we are talking about “Zizou” Zinedine Zidane who has once again been appointed as Manager of Real Madrid Football Club.
Even though this scenario looked like an impossibility not so long ago, it has become a reality after all the work president Florentino Perez put in to convince the French legend to return.
Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane have always had a special relationshipl. They admire each other, with Real Madrid their shared passion, and it is that passion that sees the three-time Champions League-winning coach once again grace the dugout in Spain’s capital after leaving the club just eights months away.
“The team needed a change in order to keep winning,” Zizou himself said at his unveiling.
What seemed like the ideal option for the club has become a reality, but the great respect and relationship that Perez and Zidane have is not the only reason the latter was convinced to take the job once again.
The main condition on which Zidane’s return hinged upon was power. It was learned that the iconic boss will have full power over the management of the first team – that is to say that he will have control over both arrivals and sales of personnel.
As a matter of fact in modern football as a whole, never mind at the game’s biggest superpower, handing that kind of responsibility to a coach is unprecedented.
One of the reasons responsible for Zidane’s exit in June was that he could only make minor tweaks to the squad rather than drastic changes. If Madrid want to win again, they need to make those changes and the right man to administer them.
To command a dressing room of huge egos a coach needs not only a voice, but a voice backed by the Bernabeu’s board. Zidane has such backing this time around.
In addition, Zidane’s power will be further consolidated by becoming the highest paid coach in world football.
With his incredible CV and legacy at the club, a Galactico wage for a Galactico manager appears no less than he deserves as he put pen to paper on a deal that stretches until 2022.
Zidane has always been the first choice to replace Solari at an ailing Madrid side and, at boardroom level, his return is seen as the best news in an otherwise disastrous season.