Zinedine Zidane Unsure of Real Madrid Future, 'Not Preparing' for Next SeasonApril 7, 2017
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has admitted he is not safe in his job and could be gone in the summer.
Per The Independent's Ed Malyon, the Frenchman said:
No, [I'm not safe] at all. I'm not preparing anything. What I do is what is left for this season. I know this club, I know what it is to coach Real Madrid, for better or worse. I'm ready for every eventuality. I'll only talk about the next game, and it will be like that until my last day as coach here. I don't know what will happen after the season ends.
Zidane has only been in charge of Real since January 2016, but he has already won a UEFA Champions League and is well set to claim Los Blancos' first La Liga title since 2012.
Despite this success, there have been recent rumblings "of a squad unimpressed with the rookie coach" and of Zidane losing the confidence of president Florentino Perez, per Malyon.
While Real look in good shape to finish the 2016-17 campaign strongly, their season is on a knife edge.
|Real Madrid 2016-17: Remaining La Liga Fixtures|
|April 8||Atletico Madrid (h)|
|April 15||Sporting Gijon (a)|
|April 23||Barcelona (h)|
|April 26||Deportivo La Coruna (a)|
|April 29||Valencia (h)|
|May 7||Granada (a)|
|May 14||Sevilla (h)|
|May 21||Malaga (a)|
|TBD||Celta Vigo (a)|
They are into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League—where they will play Bayern Munich—and two points clear of Barca at the top of La Liga with a game in hand.
Failure to convert either or both of those into silverware at the end of the season and Zidane could, remarkably, be out of a job, per Malyon.
Real face a mammoth game on Saturday as they take on Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
A defeat to their City rivals would be a terrible start to Real's run-in and is a situation Zidane will be desperate to avoid if he wants to keep his job.
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