Hello everyone! Today I want to get into some breaking news out of the managerial side of the game. Former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane may be on his way back to the team for a second stint as manager! Why would he go back? Let’s break it down.
First Some Context
For those of you who may not know or just need a refresh, let’s start with the background. Zidane, as many of you may know, has already managed Real Madrid once before. While he was there, Real thrived and dominated European football. In two and a half seasons as manager, he lead Real to three straight Champions League titles! That is a massive feat for any professional to achieve as a player or manager. With Zidane at the helm, Real looked poised to dominate European football for the foreseeable future.
However, in an unexpected move, Zidane stepped down as Madrid manager on May 31 of this past year. He said that the club had a “need for change”. This was incredibly confusing. Why would the club and Zidane decide to part ways after so much success? As time passed it became clear that Real and Zidane were not seeing eye to eye on the transfer market. It was and still is rumored that Zidane left because club president Florentino Perez was unwilling to go after the players Zidane believed the club needed. Real went on to hire Julen Lopetegui as manager, which did not go well to say the least. Lopetegui has since been fired and Santiago Solari has taken the helm. However, the club have clearly struggled this year and the board is looking to go in a new direction by hiring another new manager.
What Would Zidane Go Back?
With Solari rumored to be on his way out, names like Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino, and Massimiliano Allegri have been floated to replace the Argentine. However, multiple reports of Solari being replaced by Zidane have come to light today. It appears the club is willing to return to their former manager due to their struggles this season. If Zidane does return I believe Real will back him financially just like he desired in the past. This summer could be huge for Madrid if they bring the Frenchman back. I fully expect Real to be major players on the transfer market as Zidane has wanted to shift the culture of the club and believes bringing in new talent would help spur that change on.
It pains me to write this but Eden Hazard to Real Madrid rumors could be back in full force. The Belgian has made it clear he is big fan of Zidane and would want to play for him. Real could also be in the market for another striker as Karim Benzema isn’t getting any younger. A potential target for Los Blancos could be Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan or Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich.
If Zidane does in fact return, I believe Real will be making the right decision. Zizou has proven success with Madrid and the club seems to have realized that his plans to help change the club would be very beneficial. I believe he is the right man for the job and Real should back him financially to bring back the success they have not had this season. (Just please don’t sign Hazard okay?)