Zinedine Zidane appointed back as Real Madrid coach less than a year after stepping down

first_img Next Zinedine Zidane appointed back as Real Madrid coach less than a year after stepping downZinedine Zidane had stepped down as the coach of Real Madrid in May last year. On Monday, Real Madrid announced they have sacked Santiago Solari and have re-appointed Zidane.advertisement India Today Web Desk MadridMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 23:48 IST Zinedine Zidane won three Champions League titles with Real Madrid. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSZinedine Zidane made a sensational return to Real MadridReal Madrid announced the sacking of Santiago Solari along with the news of Zidane’s returnReal Madrid are out of Champions League, Copa del Rey and La Liga title raceReal Madrid re-appointed Zinedine Zidane as the coach of Real Madrid on Monday and also announced the sacking of Santiago Solari, under whom Madrid have lost their footing in all competitions.Multiple media reports had earlier stated that Real Madrid will make the sensational development and the club announced the same on Monday.”The Board of Directors of Real Madrid, meeting today, Monday, March 11, 2019, has decided to terminate the contract that linked Santiago Solari with the club as coach of the first team and, at the same time, Real Madrid has offered to continue belonging to the club.Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown to this house,” Real Madrid said in their media release.”The Board of Directors has also agreed the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of Real Madrid with immediate incorporation for the remainder of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022.”The president of Real Madrid will appear today [Monday] with Zinedine Zidane before the media at 8:00 pm in the press room of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium,” the release further stated.Zidane won an unprecedented three consecutive Champions League titles with Real before resigning in May last year.Madrid’s entire season has collapsed in the space of a week, with double Clasico defeats by Barcelona knocking them out of the Copa del Rey and leaving them 12 points adrift in La Liga. Real were also eliminated from the Champions League last Tuesday in the last 16 by Ajax Amsterdam.advertisementFormer Spain coach Julen Lopetegui replaced Zidane but was sacked in October with Solari taking the reins at the Santiago Bernabeu, but is set to be ousted himself later on Monday.Zidane, who took over in January 2016, won the Champions League that season, before claiming a La Liga and European Cup double in 2017.Five days after a third victory in last season’s Champions League final over Liverpool, the French coach and former Real Madrid midfielder decided to walk away, saying it was the right moment to depart.The 46-year-old won nine trophies at Madrid and was considered a hero by supporters after managing them in one of the club’s most successful eras.Zidane’s job at Madrid now will be to keep them in the top four to ensure they qualify for the Champions League next season. Real are third with 11 games to play and 10 points ahead of fifth place.Solari enjoyed a 4-1 win at Real Valladolid on Sunday in what appears to have been his final stand as Madrid coach.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Real MadridFollow Zinedine ZidaneFollow Santiago SolariFollow Florentino Perezlast_img read more

Resolution at NPC by Sivaji blocked by chair

However Sivagnanam had then wanted to have the debate on another date but the chairman had not responded positively. A resolution which was submitted at the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) today by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) member M K Shivajilingam was blocked by the chairman of the council CVK Sivagnanam.Shivajilingam said that the resolution calls for an independent international investigation into the war in Sri Lanka. Sivagnanam had told the TNA member that the resolution cannot be debated today as it did not have the support of the council. Shivajilingam told the Colombo Gazette that the stand of the TNA is that the investigation on the war should not be a domestic process.He said that he and the TNA will continue to push for an international investigation to ensure the Tamils get justice. (Colombo Gazette) read more