Former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, would return as Real Madrid coach if new boss, Zinedine Zidane fails to live up to expectations, former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has said.
Zidane was appointed Madrid’s new manager on Monday after the sacking of Rafael Benitez.
According to Calderon, Zidane was not actually the first choice of club president, Florentino Perez. He said little experienced Zidane has a tough job ahead of him.
“He was trying to sign Mourinho and he didn’t want Zidane. That is the truth. I don’t know if he (Zidane) will be successful but if he is not, Mourinho will be on the bench in June.”
“It is a great opportunity for Zidane [but] he lacks experience as a coach. That is a problem. I think the players like Zidane. He won everything with Real Madrid. I am sure the fans will receive him in a very good way. What happens in the next weeks, nobody knows,”
Zidane was the manager of Real Madrid’s youth side before taking up the job at the club and has been touted as a deserving candidate for the job by former teammates Luis Figo and David Beckham. The 43-year-old Frenchman thanked Perez for the opportunity and said, “I want to do my very best to ensure that this club at the end of the season will have a trophy. It is an important day for me, it’s an emotional day, even more emotional than the day I signed as a player for the club.”