Real Madrid Rehire Zinedine Zidane as Solari Steps Down

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Real Madrid Rehire Zinedine Zidane as Solari Steps Down

Ryan Carragher

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Spanish team Real Madrid’ president Florentino Perez has appointed Zinedine Zidane as his new manager of the first team only six days after Real Madrid crashed out of the Champions League against Dutch team Ajax. This is the third trophy they have been eliminated from after losing to FC Barcelona in the semi-finals of the domestic Copa Del Rey trophy in Spain, and falling to third in their domestic league, La Liga Santander. Zinedine Zidane, after leaving the club for a mere ten months, is making his return to the club for his second stint at manager.

Santiago Solari was in charge of Real Madrid for a mere five months, and even though his record was positive at 22 wins, two draws, and eight losses, he failed to win trophies. Lopetegui, the interim manager for the five months before Solari, failed to win trophies and many games, with a 50 percent win rate. Now, critics have attempted to relate Zidane’s success and the failure of the two interim coaches to Cristiano Ronaldo, as he left the club at the same time as Zidane, and neither of the two interim coaches had any player even approach Ronaldo’s successful career and scoring at the club.

Zidane’s first stint at the club was full of silverware; in two and a half years at the club, he won nine trophies for Los Blancos, including three back-to-back-to-back Champions League titles. He had an impressive 71 percent win percentage after 149 games, and was undefeated in 89 percent of his matches, scoring on average 2.7 goals a game. President Florentino Perez has granted him a 300 million pound overhaul this summer to revamp the squad.

Questions were raised about whether or not Jose Mourinho or Mauricio Pochettino were going to takeover at Madrid; however, Pochettino has been tied down at his club Tottenham and Mourinho was uninterested in returning to his former club. Many are now wondering, will Zinedine Zidane be as successful as his first stint with the club? Or will he fail to win more silverware with a weakened squad?