Five candidates who could replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

Five candidates who could replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

Five candidates who could replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

"After three years, the players need a new voice and that is why it is time to change", stated Zidane at a press conference.

Did the players or president Florentino Perez push him out?

There was also a lot of intrigue after Zidane said: "I think it's the moment, both for me, the team and the club (to step down)". I know it's a odd moment for everyone involved, but I think it's the right decision. But (Zidane) knows I wanted him as a player and as a manager.

The 45-year-old's future had come under scrutiny in the weeks leading up to the Champions League final against Liverpool, with Madrid having failed to defend their La Liga title and crashed out of the Copa del Rey to Leganes.

Zidane said he was unsure of his ability to inspire the team to more victories. I tried to convince him but I know how it is.

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Tributes flooded in for the Frenchman with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos hailing him as a club legend who leaves behind a legacy as a player and manager. It took Zizou only 23 months to achieve this, where during this period he won 2 Champions Leagues, 2 World Club Cups, 1 La Liga, 1 Spanish Super Cup, and 2 Uefa Super Cups.

When Benitez was sacked in January 2016, Barcelona daily Mundo Deportivo dismissed Zidane as merely a "sticking plaster", who would be replaced quickly by a permanent coach. "I am grateful to the fans".

The three-time Champions League-winning boss announced his decision at an impromptu press conference at 12 noon BST on Thursday. Zidane has guided Real to 104 wins and 29 draws from 149 games in all competitions - a win rate of 69.8%. Bale possibly. United could afford anyone in the world, plus Zidane is the only manager players would go to over Guardiola arguably. I am not exhausted of coaching, after three years. I'm not looking for another team.

It has been a historically successful stint in charge for the rookie coach, becoming the first manager in Champions League history to defend the trophy, in Cardiff last June, before adding a third consecutive win in Kiev last Saturday night. "I'm not going to get involved in these things", he said when asked about a possible successor.

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