Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has announced that he will step down from the post with immediate effect.
The ex-France international who just clinched a third successive UCL title five days ago made this announcement at a impromptu press conference on Thursday afternoon.
The former Los Blancos Galactico made this announcement at the start of the conference which would catch many by surprise because of the recent success he has brought to the team.
The ex-Juventus midfielder said “It’s time to go. These players need a different discourse, different methodology”.
Madrid’s third place finish could be the major factor behind his decision to step down as they ended the season 17 points below La Liga winners and bitter rivals Barcelona.
Club president Florentino Perez opened the news conference by saying, “It’s a sad day for me, for the club, the players, everyone at the club. It is an unexpected decision.”
The 45-year old confirmed that he was not pushed out the door but it was sorely his decision to step down. “It’s time for a change”, he said.
Do not be surprised if he’s back in a dug out before the new season begins as his services will be desired by potential employers after leading Madrid to four UCL Finals in five years.