Zinedine Zidane Officially Announced as Real Madrid Castilla Manager

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2014

Former player Zinedine Zidane lifts the Champion League trophy, at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, May 24, 2014. Real Madrid won 4-1. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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Updates from Thursday, June 26

Fabio Cannavaro is tipped to replace Zinedine Zidane as Carlo Ancelotti's No. 2 at Real Madrid.

Cannavaro, a former favourite at the Bernabeu, has been in Ancelotti's thinking for some time, according to J. L. Calderon of Marca:

Carlo has already been laying the groundwork in case he needed to find a replacement for one of his second in commands. Although he did not have to dig too deep as Cannavaro has been in the frame since last season. The former Real Madrid player meets all requirements Ancelotti is looking for and is the ideal man to step into Zizou's shoes.

However, Madrid may face competition from the Italian national side, after Cannavaro confessed to ITV that he would be honoured to replace Cesare Prandelli as manager. Goal.com provides the quotes:

Of course it would be a great honour for me to be the manager of my national team, but I don't know.

Right now the Federation want to change the president, the coach... It would be difficult.

I'm ready, but I don't know. We'll wait.

I could not say no but I don't know what they want to do, what they want for the future. Now I think is a very important moment for our federation.


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Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane has officially been announced as manager of the team's Castilla reserve team.

The news was confirmed by Madrid's official website on Wednesday morning and ends rumours of Zidane leaving the club.

The club announced:

Zinedine Zidane will manage Castilla next season. Zizouwho was Carlo Ancelotti’s first squad assistant coach this year, will start a new stage of his career at Real Madrid. Zidane will be joined by youth coach Santiago Sánchez and has already started working on future plans for the reserve team squad.

Andy May of BT Sport also confirmed the move for Zidane on Twitter:

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The move for Zidane means he will now oversee the development of Madrid's Under-19s squad, dubbed a golden generation of youth talent, as reported by Miguel Angel Lara of Marca.

Lara reported on Tuesday how Zidane was set to join French side Bordeaux as coach for the coming season, but after it was revealed that he would have certain budget restrictions, the former France international's move broke down.

With Madrid supremo Florentino Perez fully aware of Zidane's intentions to move into full-time management, the Castillas position was offered to him to retain his services.

The route is similar of the career of Pep Guardiola who managed Barcelona B before returning to the first team as coach. 

Castilla currently sit in the third tier of Spanish football in Segunda B, and it will be Zidane's job to attempt to gain promotion to La Liga Adelante.

The 42-year-old will also manage his eldest son Enzo Zidane next season who plays for the reserves.

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 23:  Assistant coach Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid points during a Real Madrid training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final against Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 23, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo
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The move is a shrewd one for both Madrid and Zidane, allowing the Frenchman to learn his trade slowly with the best support around him possible.

A move to Bordeaux would have been fraught with complications, and the risk in joining them in a league now dominated by financial powerhouses could have stunted his ambitions.

Zidane can most certainly take the Guardiola route to success and eventually become the next manager of the Galacticos. He commands respect in the Spanish capital and his time at Castilla could prove to be fruitful in the long term.


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