Zinedine Zidane quits as Real Madrid manager
31 May 2018 – Zinedine Zidane has parted company with Real Madrid, just days after leading them to an unprecedented third Champions League title.
The former Galactico announced the shock news at a press conference this afternoon. He was in charge of the club for two-and-a-half years, appointed as manager following Rafa Benitez’s dismissal in January 2016.
The hastily-arranged media briefing set tongues wagging, before Zidane finally confirmed the news that took the football world by surprise.
Coach Zinedine Zidane says he is quitting Real Madrid after two and a half seasons with the Spanish club.
The surprise announcement comes less than a week after Zidane led Madrid to its third straight Champions League title.
Zidane said he felt it was the right moment — for him and for the club — to make a change.
Zidane won nine titles as Madrid’s coach, including the three Champions Leagues, one Spanish League, one Spanish Super Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups.
The 45-year-old Zidane was hired in January 2016 for what was his first major head-coaching job. The former star player arrived surrounded by doubts because of his lack of coaching experience but quickly surpassed expectations.