February 27, 2024

Zinedine Zidane makes stance clear as Man Utd and Chelsea managers at risk of sack | Football | Sport

Zinedine Zidane has made his stance clear about a return to football management after a hefty spell out of the game. It’s almost three years since the Frenchman left his post at Real Madrid, with Zidane now hinting at a possible return to the dugout.

One of the best players of his generation, Zidane made the transition over to senior management in 2016, embarking on a spectacular spell with former club Real Madrid. Winning three straight Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018, Zidane’s managerial stock skyrocketed, with the 1998 World Cup winner considered one of the best coaches in the game.

Despite this, Zidane took a period of time away from management after the 2018 Champions League final, before returning back to Real Madrid in 2019. During a short but sweet two-year stint in the Spanish capital, Zidane won the La Liga title in 2019/20, but left the Santiago Bernabeu once again in 2021.

However, after what is approaching three years without a managerial job, there is talk of Zidane making a return in the near future. When asked about the possibility of taking up a managerial role soon, Zidane was coy about his next move, but did suggest a comeback was looking likely.

“Future in Italy? Why not,” Zidane replied when asked about if he’d manage in Italy. Anything can happen. Now I’m doing other things, but we’ll see – I’d certainly like to return to the bench.”

It’s news that will have clubs across Europe on high alert, such is Zidane’s pedigree in the game. The only coach to win three Champions League titles in a row, it’s likely the ex-Juventus star will have his pick of the bunch when it comes to choosing his next position.

That’s something which could benefit Premier League clubs, given the league’s status as one of the best – if not the best – in Europe. Particularly duo Manchester United and Chelsea, who have struggled to find consistent form this season and could be tempted into making a managerial change, should Zidane register his interest.

Both Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino have come under pressure this season for poor performances, with the latter currently feeling the heat following Sunday’s embarrassing League Cup final defeat. Should either club decide to make a change in the managerial department, it’s likely Zidane will be one of the first names on the list of potential successors.


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