Zinedine Zidane Resigns As Real Madrid Coach

Zinedine Zidane and club president Florentino Perez announce the manager's departure at Thursday's press conference

Zinedine Zidane and club president Florentino Perez announce the manager's departure at Thursday's press conference

Zinedine Zidane says he is stepping down as Real Madrid boss, five days after leading them to a third straight Champions League triumph, claiming the club needs "a different voice".

"I have taken the decision to not continue next year as Real Madrid coach", the Frenchman told a hastily convened press conference, before adding he was not looking for another club to coach.

Zidane, 45, has now won nine trophies since replacing Rafael Benitez in the Santiago Bernabeu dugout in January 2016.

"I have decided not to be Real Madrid coach next season", said Zidane, who was joined by club president Florentino Perez.




"I think this team needs to keep winning but I think after three years a change is needed, something different, a different message, different ways of going about things". "I know it's a unusual moment, but I think it's the best for all".

Zidane has achieved unrivaled success in his first-ever major coaching role and could safely be called the greatest "rookie" manager.

# In his two and a half years at Madrid, he has won one La Liga title, one Spanish Super Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups. "Media invited to attend the event must have provided for their corresponding professional accreditation or media accreditation through the access door of Ciudad Real Madrid from 12 noon".

Zidane's shock resignation will be the subject of much debate over the next few days.

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