Zinedine Zidane says he is ready for management

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Former Real Madrid and Juventus legend Zidane could be heading for a manager's role in the near future.

After a glorious playing career, Zinedine Zidane feels he is now ready to step into management. He is currently part of Carlo Ancelotti's backroom staff at Real Madrid but hopes to step out of his shadow sooner rather than later.

Four Four Two reveal that Zidane feels he can offer a lot as a manager just as he did in his playing days.

"I want to be useful to Real Madrid but I also want to coach my own team," he said. "I achieved a lot as a player but I now want to do the same in my second career."

"I'll be an ambitious coach. My team will be balanced with a tendency to attack. Football can be very simple and that's how I want my team to play."

Zidane returned to the Bernabeu in November 2010 to assist Jose Mourinho at the club initially, and then stayed on once Ancelotti arrived. Having retired in acrimonious circumstances after the 2006 World Cup final, the former France captain took four years out of the game before returning with Madrid.

"I do not regret my decision to take a step back," he added. "I took my children to school every day and did many things with them.Things are now clarified in my head – I have realised what I want to do and how I want to do it."

Zizou's experience in the game would be a valuable asset to any club. He was a very clever player who always read the game well, and coupled with the fact he has now spent over three years behind the scenes at one of the world's biggest clubs, it certainly stands him in good stead for a manager's job.

Working with two of the best managers around in Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti will have allowed Zidane to pick up valuable coaching techniques. Once he does start applying for jobs, I am sure many clubs will be interested in giving him a chance. Players with glittering careers often find it easier to get chances in management and Zidane will be no different.




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