Former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello believes the change from Carlo Ancelotti to Rafa Benitez was too radical and was destined to fail from the start.
Benitez lasted just seven months in the hotseat at the Santiago Bernabeu after taking over from Ancelotti last summer. Concerns over the defensive style of play, poor performances in big games and reports of fallings out with many of the players resulted with him being replaced by Zinedine Zidane last month.
In an interview with Madrid-based daily AS, Capello, who won the league in his two brief stints in charge at the club, said the change from the popular Ancelotti to Benitez was too much.
“I don’t know why it didn’t work out. You have to be in the dressing room to understand. If there isn’t feeling for the manager, then it’s difficult for him to succeed. Benitez is experienced enough to know that. Perhaps the change from Ancelotti to Benitez was too much,” he stated.
Asked what the problem is at the club and why they get through so many managers – they have had 11 in 12 years now – Capello said it comes down to the president.
“It’s a lot! It’s a lot! Madrid is a tough place to be a manager. If the president goes behind the manager to talk directly to the players, he’s a dead man walking. The players know it and talk about it between them. ‘The president came and asked me yesterday what’s happening…’ And then they think the manager isn’t worth it,” he commented.