Months after stepping down as the Real Madrid boss after guiding the team to a host of trophies, including three back to back UEFA Champions League titles, Zinedine Zidane has been re-appointed as the head coach of the Spanish club.
The Frenchman succeeds Santiago Solari, who was made the interim manager of the club following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, who had in fact taken over at Madrid after Zidane stepped down in summer of 2018.
This massive development comes at a time when the Blancos have been struggling for both form and results. They are presently 3rd in the La Liga, 12 points behind leaders Barcelona, and were dumped out of both Copa del Ray and UEFA Champions League it the early stages.
A statement was released in this regard by the club, announcing the sacking of Solari and return of Zizou.
The Board of Directors of Real Madrid, meeting today, Monday, March 11, 2019, has decided to terminate the contract that linked Santiago Solari with the club as coach of the first team and, at the same time, Real Madrid has offered him the chance to stay with the club. Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown to this club.
The Board of Directors has also agreed on the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of Real Madrid with immediate effect for the remainder of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022.
The president of Real Madrid will appear today with Zinedine Zidane before the media at 8:00 pm in the press room of the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.
Zidane had initially taken over the reins of Real Madrid in the middle of the 2015-16 season. He had succeeded Rafael Benitez and led the team to different heights, which included three back to back CL titles.
But he stunned the footballing world when he announced he would step down as the manager after guiding the club to its third consecutive European title. His absence, which was soon followed by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo has seen the club struggle, so much so that they are facing the prospect of a title-less campaign for the first time in many years.