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.