The great (not fat) Spanish waiter Benitez has been sacked, barely seven months after his shocking appointment. The thing with remaining in charge of Real Madrid is three factors: the job is always short term; try not to build a legacy, just get the job done, secondly Barcelona is your arch nemesis, you should continually dominate the Catalonians for longevity on the throne, finally you must possess a certain boyish charm both in countenance and game style. Benitez lost his first El’ Classico 0-4 in most dismal fashion and had perpetual conflict with the First-team Overlords. We all knew the sack was coming; and yesterday morning the Galactico’s board of Directors held an emergency meeting following their draw with Valencia. The verdict was the end of days for Rafael Muades Benitez, and the immediate appointment of his replacement 43-year old Zinedine Zidane, who already was Real Madrid’s B-team coach.
In 2001, Real broke World records and secured French Man Zidane from Juventus for £45.8m, before that Zidane had won the World Cup and European championship. Zidane helped Real win the league in 2003 and was named Fifa world player of the year for a third time, but perhaps his defining moment came during the 2002 Champions League final, when he scored a stunning volley against Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park.
Zizou as he’s fondly called by admirers has long been seen as the future Real gaffer, but his appointment right now though comforting, could prove precarious owing to his inexperience in the Coaching realm. Zidane who till yesterday was Coach of Madrid’s team B, was also an integral member of the backroom staff under Carlo Ancelotti, who led Real to a 10th European Cup success, La Decima. Zizou had this to say: “I am going to put my heart and soul into this job so that everything works out well.”
So just maybe Florentino Perez has invented Madrid’s Guardiola. HalaMadrid, yes I’m a fan.