Zinedine Zidane has started his tenure as Real Madrid’s head coach amid a bit of awe and a lot of humility.
Real Madrid appointed Zidane, 43, as its new coach on Monday — hours after firing Rafa Benitez. Club president Florentino Perez promoted Zidane from his role as reserve-team manager to the dugout at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
“He is one of the greatest players of all time,” Perez said at a hastily arranged press conference in which he announced the coaching change. “Zidane, you are from this moment, the coach of Real Madrid.”
“This is an important day for me,” Zidane said at the same press conference, according to UEFA.com.
“I’m more excited now than I was when I signed as a player.
“I’m going to do everything I can to make the best for this club, “Zidane continued, according to Sky Sports. “What I can tell you is that I will give everything for this club.
“Ever since I arrived as a player I knew how great this club was. We have the best fans in the world and the best club in the world and I’ll do everything to win.”
Zidane becomes Real Madrid’s 14th coach this century but he remains a rare breed in Spain’s capital.
Time will tell whether Zidane’s unmatched playing career and ties to Real Madrid will help him survive on the hottest of hot seats.
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