There is growing rumour that impatient interventionist, Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez may push to replace Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane at the end of season.
According to the rumor, Real Madrid’s failure to tame Athletico Madrid in their last league encounter, where Real lost 0-1 to their arch city-rival, triggered another rush for a new coach.
We understand that Florentino is looking for a coach with charisma, a coach that knows how to win tough matches, a coach with strong leadership presence as well as character.
The president’s decision will depend on Real Madrid’s performance in remaining La Liga matches and Champions League competition.
One may ask if Real Madrid’s problem is their players, the coach, or actually, the club’s President himself. Many believe that Florentino sees himself as the coach, tactician, and to the detriment of the club, meddles in everything about the club, including team selection, signings, sackings, spending, etc.
Since Florentino Perez’s assumption of office, Real Madrid has not done so well in terms of cups. They won only one league title in the seven years, which is half of the number won by his predecessor Ramon Calderon in three-year tenure. Real Madrid outspends most European clubs, with too little to show for it. The brand ‘’Real Madrid’’ is no longer as lucrative as it was few years ago!
At mid-season, after the team was eliminated from Copa del Rey, and five points behind FC Barcelona, Real Madrid sacked their coach, the well-respected and disciplined tactician, Rafa Benitez. Currently, Real Madrid is 12 points below Barca. The club is anxious to find solution anyhow.
The anxiety in the club is reflected in a comment made by their top man, Chritiano Ronaldo after Real Madrid’s loss to Athletico Madrid. In the interview, it appeared that Ronaldo claimed that his team-mates were not at his ‘level’ of performance. Ronaldo has since apologized and also clarified that he was “referring to the physical level, not level of play” . He added: “I am not better than any of my team-mates”, but even with the apology and clarifications, the dust is still in the air.
Having said that, the opinion of significant number of Real Madrid’s fans is that no genuine changes can be achieved by Real Madrid, as long as their impatient interventionist, Florentino Perez maintains his position as club’s President. So, the question is still: – Is Real Madrid’s problem from the players, the coach or the President? Time will tell!