Zinedine Zidane has been reappointed as Real Madrid’s head coach after the club held a board meeting on Monday evening to discuss the ongoing issues at the Spanish capital club – the French boss joins on a deal that ties him to the club until 2022.
The Merengeus have endured a calamitous season thus far, first seeing Julen Lopetegui given his marching orders after a failed stint at the helm following a controversial move from the Spain national team on the eve of the 2018 World Cup.
Former youth coach Santiago Solari was called in to stop the rot at the Santiago Bernabeu, and at first it seemed the Argentine trainer had managed to do just that.
It being reported that the board had decided to bring in Jose Mourinho – who had made no secret of his willingness to return to management during various pundit roles of late – with the Portuguese trainer receptive to taking the job on an interim basis.
It is understood that Madrid’s hand had been forced in their decision to bring in Mourinho, with first-choice Zidane seemingly unwilling to step back into the dugout with the club in such disarray.
After further talks with Florentino Perez, however, Zidane has been convinced to return to the club following guarantees of having a big say in squad decisions and a large sum set aside for summer investment.