Barely less than a week after guiding Real Madrid to a strong second-place finish in the league, Zinedine Zidane has finally pulled the string. Rumours were rife before. the Blancos top fear as the season was coming to an end was the long-term availability of the French and Real Madrid icon. At the pitch of the discussion has been how to cover up the likely exit of the icon. At the end of the day, the multiple UEFA Champions League winner had the upper hand above his employers.
Zinedine Zidane’s exit technically throws Real Madrid into forays of finding a substantive manager. Having served Real Madrid on his second stint as a manager, there is no better way other than the Blancos giving credit to where it’s due. He did it, he has done it and with the passion and dedication the French have shown over the La Liga giants, he will always be there to show what he is the only one that can do. Winning trophies and success.
Unlike during his first stint where he gave opposing managers and teams a hard time, the second stint of the French at the top has been relatively lowkey. After resigning as the manager on May 31st 2018 where he had won the Champions League three consecutive times, the club’s success and aggressiveness were thrown under the bus with Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari changing guards at the giants. It’s the same circumstances that brought back the French to rectify and give some sense of direction.
Twelve months to the end of his managerial role at the club, the manager is believed to have been pushed out by circumstances at the Florentino Perez patronized club. That at hand, will Real Madrid be able to replace Zinedine Zidane effectively?
Replacing Zinedine Zidane
Managing Real Madrid is perhaps among the hardest managerial roles in the cadre of sports coaching. The job requires more than tactical know-how, experience and result-oriented leadership. Luck of course will have to come hand in hand. Its and has always been a hard job for either the Spanish themselves, former players and coaches just the way it’s hard for the best coaches across Europe and the World.
For this particular reason, the run-up to the Real Madrid coaching position can only be limited to few individuals. Those with the mental and know-how technical skills to move the club forward.
Among those highly considered for the managerial role is the current PSG tactician Mauricio Pochettino. After guiding PSG into the UEFA Champions League semi-final where they were eliminated by English giants Manchester City, there is no doubt that Pochettino is among today’s world best coaches. That’s exactly what Real Madrid wants; the best of the best of the best among the rest.
With just half a season in charge of the French giants, however, it will be interesting seeing the Paris club release Pochettino to Real Madrid. After it all, Pochettino was poached into the club to go and relive the club from Thomas Tuchel’s disastrous season and failure to win the Champions League.
Despite having not reached the UEFA Champions League final which Tuchel managed to do in the previous season, it’s the unhidden fact that PSG has been tremendous under the Argentine. This finds the owners of the club all sorts of reasons to keep their tactician in place.
Having shown outright dalliance to the Blancos in the past, however, it will be a matter of three entities to decide the fate of Pochettino. In this case, Real Madrid, PSG and Pochettino’s handlers.