Real Madrid have made an official announcement to confirm that Zinedine Zidane has been reappointed as the first-team manager, just nine months after resigning from the post. The news comes mere moments after the announcement that Los Blancos had dismissed Santiago Solari from the helm at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It has been quite a topsy turvy season for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid were knocked out of the Champions League more times after Zidane first left the club (1) than they were during first spell in charge (0).
Los Blancos had subsequently appointed Julen Lopetegui as the first-team boss, a day before the 2018 FIFA World Cup curtain raiser.
In Lopetegui’s stead, Santiago Solari was promoted from the youth ranks to take charge of the struggling first-team.
Two of the three losses had dumped Real Madrid from the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League, while the second loss to Barcelona effectively killed off their chances of mounting a late La Liga title tilt.
The reported favourite to take over from the Argentine was Jose Mourinho, something that was also confirmed by former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon in a recent interview.
Instead, the shock announcement has confirmed that Zidane has instead been reappointed at the first-team manager.
This makes for an unprecedented scene at the Spanish club, although it is one that could just reinvigorate them and set them up for a successful 2019-20 season.
Zidane has signed a near three-year deal that will keep him at the Bernabeu till June 30, 2022.