Zinedine Zidane announced this Wednesday to the club and several players from the Real Madrid squad your desire to leave the coaching position in which it would be his third resignation with a current contract, one as a footballer and two as a coach. The decision to end the short period for reflection that Zidane requested after closing his first season without titles last Saturday at the command of Real Madrid, came with messages from the French coach announcing his desire to leave without fulfilling the year of contract that has signed.
According to EFE sources from the white dressing room, the coach communicated his intentions to several players through a mobile message and in the next few hours he will meet with President Florentino Pérez. Zidane, the second most successful coach in the history of Real Madrid with eleven titles behind Miguel Muñoz, would thus close his second stage as coach. His first goodbye came after winning his third consecutive Champions League in May 2018.
Feeling that his message did not have the same depth in the dressing room, the early goodbye in the League and the elimination against Leganés in the Copa del Rey were bad symptoms that were added to the goodbye of Cristiano Ronaldo and the lack of a substitute for guarantees. “You have to know when to stop. I do it for the good of the team and Real Madrid,” he said on the last day of May in his farewell.
On March 11, 2019, he accepted the challenge of his return and began a stage after the unsuccessful attempts of the white club with Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari. Feeling part of responsibility for what had happened, Zidane picked up a team with no chances of titles and rebuilt it to win a League and the Spanish Super Cup in 2020.
The numbers show a second stage of greater irregularity. In the first Zidane directed 149 games with 105 wins, 28 draws and 16 losses. Since his return he has been in command 114 games and the balance fell to 69 wins by 25 draws and up to 20 losses. The decision to make way for a new era at Real Madrid is marked by the sentiment of the French coach of not having met the objectives this course after not winning any title.
Real Madrid was eliminated in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey by Alcoyano in Segunda B, fell to Athletic Club in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup, reached the semifinals of the Champions League, where they were inferior to Chelsea, and LaLiga Santander finished in second place.
In recent months Zidane has left messages with goodbye tone in his press conferences, although he had not communicated anything to the club. “It is said that the times that I have left I leave because I take responsibility or things get complicated, it has never been like that. There comes a time when it is good to change for everyone, not just for me,” he said before to recognize that he would not put any problem to the club at the time of sitting down to talk about the next season that he had signed.
Real Madrid, while waiting for Zidane’s decision, was already considering various options for the bench. If you bet on someone from the house, the chosen one would be Raúl González, Castilla coach. If you decide to bring a technician who is not Spanish, the focus is on Italy with the options of Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte, who has just terminated his contract with Inter Milan.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.