Former Spurs and QPR manager Harry Redknapp believes new Real Madrid boss can have a similar impact at the club compared to Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool 20 years 30 years ago.
Zidane is a legend at the 10-time Champions League winners thanks to a stellar playing career at the Santiago Bernabeu. Since hanging up his boots, the Frenchman has worked as assistant manager in the first team set up and manager of the Real Madrid Castilla side.
The 43-year-old was promoted last week following the sacking of Rafa Benitez, who lasted just seven months in the job.
In 1985, Dalglish, already a crown favourite at Anfield,became player-manager before taking on the manager role after retiring and lead the club to huge success despite his relative inexperience at the time.
Speaking to Paolo di Canio, Redknapp said: “It’s a little bit like Kenny Dalglish. Kenny finished playing at Liverpool. When he finished playing he was player-manager for one year before he became manager. And he did a fantastic job at Liverpool. Zidane has a big chance.
“He’s been working with the B team, he was a fantastic player, he has great players to go and work with so I don’t see any reason why he can’t do a great job there. When you have Bale, Ronaldo, Modric, Benzema and all these top players I don’t think it’s so difficult for him. They would respect him so I’m sure he has a great chance to do well.”