Raymond Domenech says Zinedine Zidane has all the ingredients it takes to be a successful boss.
Zidane was named as the successor to Rafa Benitez at Real Madrid this week after the Spaniard was fired after just seven months into the job. A number of poor performances on the field as well as off-field issues such as a bad relationship with certain members of the squad contributed to his downfall.
Speaking to Le Monde, Domenech, who coached France between 2004 and 2010 and was Zidane’s manager when the playmaker for famously sent off in the World Cup final in 2006, says the former World Player of the Year has everything it takes to be a success – including having a nasty streak.
He said: “Zidane has that element of mystery that surrounds the stars. He can arouse emotions in people and not just positive ones. He’s not a star without problems. He’s not a nice guy. He’s capable of anything and that’s what makes him a human god. In 2016 you only need two things to be a coach: an image and effectiveness in dealing with players.”
Zidane was assistant boss at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2014 when the side won the Copa del Rey and the Champions League under Carlo Ancelotti. Since then, he has been in charge of the Real Madrid Castilla side.