On Monday 11th March 2019, Real Madrid announced the reappointment of Zinedine Zidane as manager to replace Santiago Solari who was sacked following recent underwhelming results by the Spanish side.
In the past two weeks, Los Blancos have found themselves fall from grace to grass as they got knocked out of the Copa Del Rey, Champions League and also lost ground to table topping Barcelona in the league.
Following two El Clasico home losses and the embarrassing 4 – 1 defeat to Ajax in the Champions league, also at home, the Real Madrid board decided the time was right to change manager and bring back some stability and confidence to the club.
Next was the announcement of Zidane as coach on a 3-year contract. But will his acceptance of the job be a decision he will come to regret later on?
In June 2018, right out from the blues, Zidane announced in a press conference his decision to step down as Madrid coach just a couple of weeks after he had won the third of his three Champions League medals as Madrid coach.
Following his resignation, it was rumoured that the reluctance of the board to hand the ex-France international full power over first team management led to his decision.
Nine months and two failed coaches after, Zinedine Zidane returns to the club, not to pick off from where he left off but rather to mend the broken pieces left by his successors.
Although President Florentino Perez favoured Jose Mourinho as first choice, the board chose to hand over the reigns to Zidane following his success both at winning titles and controlling the egos in the dressing room during his short spell as first team coach.
Now tasked with steadying the ship, Zidane will have to revive the confidence in the dressing room, replace some waning stars and return the club to the level of treble contenders in 2020, which might be too short a time to achieve all these.
Will this be a task too much for Zidane to handle or is he the right man for the job? We would love to hear from you in the comment section.