It’s the question that has been on everyone’s lips, seemingly since Zidane returned for his second spell in charge of the club – how long will he last, or to be more precise, will he leave his post at the end of this season?
Let’s take a look at Zizou’s progress with Los Blancos.
By their own extremely high standards, last season was an unmitigated disaster. Neither results nor performances improved much after the inimitable Frenchman took the helm. The players looked lethargic and the club finished in 3rd place having lost a quite unbelievable 12 matches in La Liga. They had conceded more goals and lost more games than any other team in the top 5.
Then as summer approached and the transfer window opened, there were rumors linking everyone from Ramos to Courtois with a move away from the club. Gareth Bale in particular was the focus of major transfer speculation, with an alleged move to China called off at the very last minute.
All in all, things looked bad and even the signing of Eden Hazard looked like an attempt to paper over the cracks for a club in total disarray behind the scenes.
A false dawn
This season looked to be a fresh start and, with the potential of rising star Vinicius Junior, the season started off with a bang and a 3-1 victory over Celta Vigo. Unfortunately for Zizou, things went south pretty quickly with two draws in La Liga, followed by an embarrassing 3-0 loss to PSG.
Results since have been up and down, with the team salvaging wins from the jaws of defeat more often than not. The entire team has looked unconvincing, while Zidane has drawn some criticism from fans for his tactics, substitutions, and his use or lack of use of certain players.
He may be a living legend, but the fact remains that Zidane has looked increasingly out of sorts in the dugout. The loss of a two goal lead, which resulted in a draw with PSG in game five of the Champions League, is seemingly typical of the club’s form so far and it’s difficult to see things changing in the near future. In fact, keep up this form and the club may not get their hands on any silverware at all this season.
Zidane will likely be given the transfer window to mix things up a bit with his squad but, if he feels that he can do no more, he may just leave of his own accord. So, can we expect him to be in the job this time next year? We honestly don’t think so, but stranger things have happened.