Benito questions the timing of Zidane’s return

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 24: Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid looks on during the Real Madrid press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League semi final against Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena on April 24, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Former Real Madrid youth coach Alvaro Benito has questioned the timing of Zinedine Zidane’s return despite admitting he is the right man for the job.

The French gaffer replaced Santiago Solari after the club’s recent slump that saw them lose thrice in the space of 10 days.

However, Benito feels it’s too early for Zizou to return to the Bernabeu, 284 days after leaving the side he guided to three Champions League triumphs.

“He is the best option, but I have doubts as to whether or not it’s the best moment,” the former Real Madrid player and youth coach said via Marca.

“There’s no doubt that for the long-term it’s the best. I said before that Zidane has to be Real Madrid’s, Alex Ferguson.”

Benito feels the Spanish giants should carefully consider their managerial options so as to reduce the way managers are dismissed from their posts.

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“Even if the team doesn’t always win, there’s a need to change the way the coach is viewed.

“Real Madrid can’t constantly change coach whenever the team doesn’t win.”

Zidane will be working to ensure Los Blancos finish strongly ahead of next season when they hope to rebuild and challenge on all fronts.


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