Real Madrid will not retain Zinedine Zidane next season even if he fails to win titles this term, believes former Spain international Luis Garcia.
After the sacking of Rafa Benitez – under whom Garcia played at Liverpool – Zidane was promoted to the top job at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Madrid remain well behind Barcelona in La Liga’s title race.
While Garcia can understand why Benitez was removed from his post despite his intimate knowledge of the club, he feels that Zidane should – and will – be given more time than his predecessor.
“It’s difficult to analyse from outside; you don’t know what happened inside the dressing-room,” the 37-year-old told Omnisport of Benitez’s struggles.
“When he first arrived, they thought he was the right man because he knew the club. He was there for many years before and he knew how Real Madrid worked – and he’d been waiting for that chance for many years. But at the end it’s all about results.
“With Zidane, things started very well, like it normally happens in teams who change the manager, but right now there’s still a lot of work to do.
“I think a manager always needs six-to-eight months to tell ‘what kind of player I want for my team’ so I think, even if this season the league doesn’t go well, if the Champions League doesn’t go well, they will give him another chance next year.”
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