Zinedine Zidane decided to quit as Real Madrid’s coach in a notably open and revealing news conference on Thursday. This decision comes just five days after leading his team to a third straight Champions League triumph.
Florentino Perez, the president of the club was obviously stunned by the decision and now he along with the top management has a big job on their hands to replace the French legend. He accompanied Zidane at the news conference and said he wanted to keep him.
“This was a totally unexpected decision. Zidane informed me of his choice yesterday,” added Perez.
“This is a sad day for me, for the players and for everyone involved with the club. He knows that I wanted to sign him more than anyone as a player, as well as a coach.
Zidane, 45, took over after Rafael Benitez was sacked and was in charge for 149 games. He steered Real to 104 wins and 29 draws, had a 69.8% win rate, and won nine trophies.
“What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology, said the former head coach of Real.
Real are looking for their fourth manager in five years.