Zinedine Zidane has been reappointed as Real Madrid manager just 10 months after quitting his job at the Bernabeu.
It has been a woeful season for Los Blancos, who, after 27 La Liga games, sit 12 points behind leaders Barcelona, and are already out of the Copa del Rey and Champions League.
Zidane unexpectedly quit his role at the Bernabeu just days after steering Real Madrid to their third consecutive Champions League title, but has now become the Spanish giants’ third manager of the season following the struggles of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari.
“The Real Madrid board of directors, which met today, Monday 11 March 2019, has decided to terminate Santiago Solari’s contract as first-team coach, whilst Real Madrid have offered him the opportunity to remain at the club,” a statement on the Real Madrid website reads.
“Real Madrid wish to thank Solari for his work, commitment and the loyalty that he has always displayed towards this club, which is his home.
“The board of directors also agreed on the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as head coach of Real Madrid with immediate effect for the remainder of the season and the next three campaigns, until 30 June 2022.
“The Real Madrid president will address the media alongside Zinedine Zidane at 8pm (CET) tonight in the Santiago Bernabéu media room.”
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague told the BBC’s Football Daily Podcast that Zidane’s return has come about after club president Florentino Perez agreed to hand the Frenchman ‘all the sporting authority’ that he desired before he initially left his role at the club back in May 2018.
It will however be music to the ears of Tottenham Hotspur fans, who have seen their manager Mauricio Pochettino constantly linked with a move to the Bernabeu, although Chelsea fans will be concerned that it will only fuel Eden Hazard’s ‘dream’ of playing for Real Madrid, with the Belgian having previously described Zidane as one of his icons.
It could also spell the end of Gareth Bale’s career in the Spanish capital, with the Madridistas having turned on the Welsh winger in recent weeks, despite the 29-year-old thought to be happy at the Bernabeu.