Zinedine Zidane is the new manager of Real Madrid. Again.
The club legend is once again taking up the reigns, and tasked with sorting out a squad which has become something of an issue since his exit. Big changes and signings will be expected in the summer window, but Zidane will be expected to change things before then and certain players will need to sort their attitude out.
Yet it wasn’t a given that Zidane would accept the return.
There had been rumours that Aitor Karanka, just two months after his Nottingham Forest exit, could take over from Santiago Solari, who was originally meant to be there until the end of the season, until the end of the season.
Tuesday’s edition of Marca explains that had Zidane said no, then the former Nottingham Forest boss was the prime candidate, ahead of Jose Mourinho potentially taking the club over for next season.
It’s probably much better this way. Given some squad members weren’t exactly hugely respectful and fearful of Solari, the bad situation would have probably continued.