October 17, 2018

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Zidane replaces Benitez as Real Madrid’s manager

Zidane replaces Benitez as Real Madrid’s manager

Rafael Benitez has been sacked as manager of Real Madrid after just seven months in charge at the Bernabeu. The 55-year-old Spaniard was relieved of his duties following a meeting of the club’s board yesterday.

Real’s B team coach Zinedine Zidane, 43, has been promoted to the role of first-team boss.
Frenchman Zidane, a former Real player and World Cup winner, said: “I am going to put my heart and soul into this job so that everything works out well.”

Zinedine Zidane is the first French manager in Real Madrid’s history.

For a man with no experience of managing at the top level, Zidane’s appointment could be considered a risk – but he has long been seen as a future Real boss.

Zidane has been coach of Real’s B team – who are second in the Spanish third tier – since 2014. Prior to that he was an integral member of the backroom staff under then Real boss Carlo Ancelotti, who led the side to ‘La Decima’ – the club’s 10th European Cup.

During his playing career, the Frenchman was one of Real’s key ‘Galacticos’ – a label given to the expensive players signed by club president Florentino Perez in the early to mid-2000s. Real paid Juventus a then world record fee of £45.8m in 2001 for the midfielder, who had already won the World Cup and European Championship. Read more

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