Real Madrid’s coach decided to quit the team days after making history by being the only manager in the history of football to win three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles.
Zidane announced the news today in a surprise press conference scheduled at short notice that he would not be continuing as the club’s manager.
“This is the right moment for everyone, it might seem a bit strange, but it had to be done for the good of everyone, the players, the club, and myself” he said assuring fans it was the “right decision” for the club and its players.
Stepping up from managing the ‘Castilla’ B team, Zidane replaced Rafael Benitez in January 2016 and two years on he is already among the most decorated coaches in the club’s history. The french coach managed to win 9 titles with Real Madrid including 3 Champions Leagues, 2 Club World Cups, 2 European Super Cups, 1 league and 1 Spanish Super Cup.
Zidane’s retirement as a Real Madrid player in 2006 also came as a surprise, when the 33-year-old decided to hang up his boots after that year’s World Cup final despite having another year on his club contract.
All attentions will now turn to Zidane’s successor. Some reports stated that former Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger has been installed as the early favourite to succeed Zidane.