In the wake of a very stressful week for Real Madrid, the organization has brought back Zinedine Zidane. This decision comes a week after the team’s exit from the 2018/19 Champions League tournament in humiliating fashion. The team is out of contention for all tournaments and they trail Barcelona by 12 points for first place in the La Liga standings. With eleven games left to play, the team is now playing for pride.
After exiting the Champions League, the team sacked Solari Santiago. After firing their second manager in a span of fewer than eight months, management was desperate to find a manager they can trust.
Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was set to take over. However, Mourinho, who managed Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013, was rejected by the team’s stars. Due to Mourinho’s exit from Old Trafford being on negative terms, the players’ rejection of Mourinho is no surprise. So it’s clear that management needs a manager the players can trust, as well.
Last year, Zidane shocked the world when he announced his resignation as the manager just a few days after leading the team to its third consecutive Champions League title. The reason for leaving was due to disagreements with decision-making, specifically regarding the decision to send Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. When he was first approached about returning, he turned the offer down. Zidane soon changed his mind after further talks with the club’s president.
Zidane’s set to be with the club until 2022. As part of the deal, he receives a £300 million transfer budget, as well as guarantees of having a big say in decision-making involving the team’s squad. The rebuilding begins now.