Zinedine Zidane is the new Real Madrid manager following the sacking of immediate former boss Rafael Benitez whose seven month spell at Santiago Bernebau hit a snug on January 4.
Benitez was axed by the Real following a run of sluggish performances this campaign that was amplified by Sunday January 3 sloppy 2-2 away draw to Valencia that left them four points shy of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.
To this effect, club legend Zidane has been confirmed to take over the reign at the record 10-time European champions.
Affirming the move, the club’s president Florentino Perez on Monday January 4 told reporters in Spain that Zidane is “one of the greatest players of all time.”
“We have taken the difficult decision to rescind the contract of Rafael Benitez as coach,” said Perez.
“The Real Madrid board has decided to name Zinedine Zidane as coach of the first team.”
Beleaguered Benitez took over the Los Blancos in June last year and has been under-fire and intense scrutiny. Fall outs with players and constant criticism of his defensive play saw his charges succumb to a 4-0 thumping by long-time rivals and title contenders Barcelona earlier in November and subsequent trail them by two points on the Spanish log.
However, French man Zidane, who spent a year as former manager Carlo Ancelloti’s manager and was in charge of Madrid’s feeder team Castilla since 2014.
On his appointment, Zidane said,“I’m going to do everything I can to make the best for this club.
“It’s a very important day for me. What I can tell you is that I will give everything or this club. Ever since I arrived as a player I knew how great this club was.
“We have the best fans in the world and the best club in the world and I’ll do everything to win.”
The 43-year old will be in charge for his first match as the new manager when they host Deportivo la Coruna on Saturday January 9.