Real Madrid terminated Rafael Benitez as manager this morning following a draw to Valencia yesterday.

Real president Florentino Pérez announced club legend Zinedine
Zidane as the new manager.

The crazy turn of events comes after Pérez assured Benitez
his job was safe.

“Rafa has just started his work; let him work. He needs

Your job is never safe if you’re the manager for Real

“We have taken a difficult decision, especially for me, to
resolve Rafa Benítez’s contract,” Pérez said on Monday. “He is a great
professional and a magnificent person and we wish to express our gratitude for
the work he has done over these months.”

Zidane becomes the 15th manager to take charge since 2003. The
Frenchman is a legend of the club and was been managing their youth squad for the
past two seasons.

In the last 16 years, past managers for Real struggled to
manage over 100 games, let alone 50. Only three men since 1999 have managed
over two years, the great Vicente del Bosque, Jose Mourinho and Carlo

If these statistics are anything to go by, Zidane’s future
could be cut short before it even starts. The two things he has on his side is
the respect of the players and the fans, who are the hardest to win over.

Zidane was a maestro in his playing days for Real Madrid and
will be remembered as one of their greatest ever players. The midfielder
achieved the highest of accolades, scoring the winning volley in the 2002 UEFA
Champions League Final, winning the 2002–03 La Liga and awarded as the World
Player of the year three times.

By Ari Charilaou (He’s also on twitter here)

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