Zinedine Zidane appointment is risky – Jorge Valdano

Zinedine Zidane appointment is risky – Jorge Valdano


Former Real Madrid director Jorge Valdano says Zinedine Zidane’s appointment as manager is a risky decision to take.

The 45-year-old was named as the new Real Madrid boss following the sacking of Rafa Benitez on Monday. He is Madrid’s 14th manager in the past 13 years and has been prompted from running the Real Madrid Castilla side.

This is Zidane’s first high profile management job although he did work as assistant boss under Carlo Ancelotti when Real won the Champions League and Copa del Rey two years ago.

But speaking to El Larguero, Valdano said hiring Zidane was a risk because he lacked management experience at the highest level.

“Zidane taking over is such a risky move because of his lack of experience,” he commented.

He also added that he felt sorry for Rafa Benitez as his tactics were not suited to Madrid and the club did not make any effort to adapt to his arrival.

“Benitez had troubles to implement his precise ideas in a squad with too many attacking midfielders. Benitez also made more of an effort to accommodate club than the club made to accommodate Benitez,” the ex-striker, who also played for and briefly managed the club added.


  1. Comment: i don’t know why many people are going behind n criticizing d experience of d 1998 world cup winner, we’ve to b sincere, lets take an instances wit d former Barca coach who is now @ Munich n d Enrique @ Barca of recent, we’re they experience enough when they were offered d job @ Camp nou? don’t know may b those criticizers are Anti-madrid if not then why? i think we should just b hopeful n pray for dis dude a success, may his achievements back then as a player follow him as a manager now. #halamadrid

  2. These are a problem that madridest have why all this criticism zizou is legend and a professional footballer even more recognized than guadiola bt now he’s one of the best coach in the world b’cos b’cos Barcelona board, fans, nd players supported him….. why not do the same for zizou nd help him to be a successor has a Madrid coach…. haha Madrid