Zidane stuns Real Madrid by stepping down as coach

Clyde Nash
May 31, 2018

But he said that no other club was involved in his decision to part ways with Real and although experts have linked him to the French national team coaching job, Zidane insisted he is eyeing no other position at this time.

He told Real president Florentino Perez he would be leaving on Wednesday before informing the players. "But everything changes and that's why I've taken the decision to leave", said Zidane.

"I know it is a odd moment for everyone involved", said Zidane. But (Zidane) knows I wanted him as a player and as a manager. Today I need to change, for me, for everyone, for this, I've taken the decision.

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The 45-year-old is also among a select group of players to have won the European Cup or Champions League as both a player and manager after his iconic volley secured the 2001/02 title for Real.

"But we have to change", said Zidane. "All I can offer is my love and respect and remind him that this is his home".

Sub Gareth Bale scored a stunning overhead kick in between two howlers from Liverpool keeper Loris Karius to give Real Madrid their third UCL title in a row. How can I ask more from the players? I have to thank the fans for all their support and love. His words referring to La Liga as the greatest achievement earned in his career as a manager are a great recognition of the competition: "The best in the world", said La Liga president Javier Tebas. "I'm really looking forward to getting started and to the challenge ahead".

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The three-time Champions League-winning boss announced his decision at an impromptu press conference at 12 noon BST on Thursday. I say that I'm not staying, but it's not a sad day for me.

Fernando Hierro: The former Real Madrid defender managed Real Oviedo most recently and could be a soothing voice to weather the storm post-Zidane.

Luis Enrique did similar after his hugely successful three years in charge at Camp Nou between 2014-17.

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" I'm not going to coach another team right now".

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