"Right now, I am learning and Florentino has given me great freedom to learn all the aspects of Madrid. My dream, some day, is to be manager of the club." - Zinedine Zidane.
Zizou, now working as an advisor to Real president Florentino Perez, admitted in an interview he has enjoyed life back at the Bernabeu since re-joining the club seven months ago.
We all have dreams, and that’s all and good, but do you think Zidane would make a good manager? I could see it in 5-10 years, but the guy needs experience. You don’t just hop into the position of manager at a club like Real Madrid. But even Pep Guardiola had to coach the Barcelona ‘B’ squad for a bit before he got his shot. That being said, I wouldn’t even place a free bet against him turning into a great manager.
Zidane was obviously an unprecedented midfielder, and a truly great captain for France. Every footballer in the world would put his ego aside under the great Zizou, so respect would probably not be an issue. The question is, could a player that saw the game in a way almost no one else could be a successful manager? Sounds like easy question. I hardly doubt his tactical knowledge his something to scoff at. But you never know, the sheer magnitude of the transition from player to coach can be a problematic gap to hurdle for a decent amount of players trying to make it as gaffers.
So the true question for me is, where should he take his first job? Perhaps a La Liga side with lower expectations would suffice, like Getafe (aka Real Madrid fan club). Now we open Pandora’s box. Let me hit both extremes of the spectrum. He could simply do the ‘Pep’ and coach Real’s up-and-comers, oh those little Galacticinos. Or he could headbutt Raymond Domenech out of position as France manager and do his BA thing to win France the World Cup. My god I would love the latter to happen, but we all have dreams.
Anyway, go on and make your bonus bet with the AFR masses! Will he be one of Real’s greatest managers ever or will he go on to only be wanted by Notts County in 20 years?