What was said by Zidane?
[caoch 407775]’s open letter to the fans was published by AS which said, “Dear Real Madrid fans, for more than 20 years, from the first day I arrived in Madrid and wore the white shirt, you’ve shown me your love. I wanted to write this letter, to say goodbye to you and explain my decision to leave the coaching job.
“I’m going, but I’m not jumping overboard, nor am I tired of coaching. In May 2018 I left because after two and a half years, with so many victories and so many trophies, I felt the team needed a new approach to stay at the very highest level. Right now, things are different. I’m leaving because I feel the club no longer has the faith in me I need, nor the support to build something in the medium or long term.
“I understand football and I know the demands of a club like Real Madrid. I know when you don’t win, you have to leave. But with this a very important thing has been forgotten, everything I built day-to-day has been forgotten, what I brought to my relationships with the players, with the 150 people who work with and around the team.
“I’m a natural-born winner and I was here to win trophies, but even more important than this are the people, their feelings, life itself and I have the sensation these things have not been taken into account, that there has been a failure to understand that these things also keep the dynamics of a great club going. To some extent I have even been rebuked for it.
“I want there to be respect for what we have achieved together. I would have liked my relationship with the club and the president over the past few months to have been a little different to that of other coaches. I wasn’t asking for privileges, of course not, just a little more recollection.
“These days the life of a coach in the dugout at a big club is two seasons, little more. For it to last longer the human relationships are essential, they are more important than money, more important than fame, more important than everything. They need to be nurtured.
“That’s why it hurt me so much when I read in the press, after a defeat, that I would be sacked if I didn’t win the next game. It hurt me and the whole team because these deliberately leaked messages to the media negatively influenced the squad, they created doubts and misunderstandings.
“Luckily I had these amazing lads who were with me to the death. When things turned ugly they saved me with magnificent victories. Because they believed in me and knew I believed in them.”
Zidane’s message to the football media
“I’d like to take this opportunity to send a message to the journalists,” he added. “I’ve given hundreds of press conferences and unfortunately we have spoken very little of football, though I know that you love football, this sport that brings us together.
“However, and without any desire to criticise or lecture, I would have liked the questions not to have always been about controversy, that we might have talked more often about the game and above all the players, who are and always will be the most important thing in this sport. Let’s not forget about football, let’s care for it.”
Who will be the next Real Madrid manager?
[team 3468] were tracking Allegri. Some reports even confirmed that it would be announced in a few weeks. However, he took charge at [team 625] after they sacked [coach 127989] after a dreadful domestic and European campaign.
[coach 455358] is surprisingly open to offers after his short [team 591] tenure looks to come to an end. Still, the French giants are reluctant to let him leave with his former club [team 6] also interested.
[coach 455384] is probably the best of the managers available right now after he left [team 2930], having won [league 384] after a long time. He could be an excellent addition to Real Madrid with a few young, exciting players at the club.
Overall, there aren’t many top managers available at the moment. Real Madrid missed the opportunity to get [coach 523937] before [team 18] got him, eventually winning the [league 2].
It could be someone within the club to step up as Zidane did a few years ago. In that case, [coach 31154] seems to be the option. There is no guarantee with Raúl, but with no availability in the market, he could be a reliable option.
Author: Devashish Akolekar