The football world was shocked yesterday as news started creeping in from Real Madrid that Zinedine Zidane had decided to resign as Real Madrid manager. The news surprised everyone given it’s suddenly especially after Madrid had won their third consecutive champions league only a few days back. A press conference held by Madrid president Perez and Zidane confirmed the inevitable soon after.
Abruptly resigning from his job as manager of one of the finest teams in the world has left Real Madrid a huge empty void. The move was not foreseen by anyone with reasons over Zidane’s decision still been pondered upon. The French legend had a gem of a three-year stint with the Spanish giants; winning 104 out of the 149 matches he managed which saw him win every major trophy that was possible. His feat of achieving a hattrick of champions league titles sees him leaving the club on a high that can unlikely be achieved by another manager in the history of the game. Known for his immense footballing skills and talent, Zidane proved he was equally good on the sidelines as he was on the pitch. His tactical nuance, understanding of the game, strategies, ability to adapt as per the situation of the game and man-management skills made him not only one of the best manager in the world but also saw him win the love and affection of his players and compatriots.
The club’s president, Florentino Pérez, described it as a “sad day” and said the decision was “totally unexpected”. Pérez said Zidane had communicated his decision on Wednesday with the players informed of the decision by text message. Zidane said he had spoken to the Real captain, Sergio Ramos, and he would speak to the other club captains, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo, in due course.
“I would have liked to convince him [to stay] but I know how he is,” Pérez said at the start of the press conference.
“I have taken the decision not continue as coach of Real Madrid next year,” Zidane said. “I spoke to the president to explain what I thought. I think it is the moment, for me and for the squad. I know it is a bit of a strange moment but I think it is the right moment. This is a team that should keep on winning and it needs a change for that.
While Zidane did not mention the exact reason for his departure he did say that he was going to continue coaching and would be looking at new challenges soon.