One of the greatest footballers ever to grace the game could be about to become a manager if reports in Le Parisien are to be believed today.
France World Cup winner, and assistant coach at Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, hasreportedly been offered a two-year deal as coach of Ligue 1 side Bordeaux this week. Zidane will apparently wait until after the Champions League final between Real and Atletico Madrid before making a decision, but it could be the first head coaching position for the France legend.
Zidane would take over from current boss Francis Gillot after the former Lens and Sochaux boss announced that he would not be returning for the new season and the search for his replacement began.
Bordeaux have been a mediocre mid-table team for a few seasons now, and despite the Coupe de France victory last year, they have failed to push on since Gillot’s appointment. President Jean-Louis Triaud is said to want Zidane to usher in a new era.
There had been reports that the Frenchman could have made his coaching debut in the Premier League, and a move to Spurs had been mentioned, but Bordeaux is a much more sensible decision for the 41-year-old.
The talismanic Frenchman played for Bordeaux for four years, between 1992 and 1996, playing 139 games and scoring 28 goals. While at Bordeaux he helped the club win the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1995 and they went on to lose in the final of the UEFA cup in 1995/96 – beaten 5-1 by Bayern Munich on aggregate.
Zidane was crowned Ligue 1’s Young Player of the Year in 1994, and then went on to be crowned Player of the Year in 1996. He is held in very high esteem with the Bordeaux fans, and he would be a welcome appointment as they play their last ever season at the Stade Chaban Delmas before moving to the new 43,000 seater ground in 2015.
Bordeaux is the ideal club for Zidane to get his feet wet as a first-team coach. There are some expectations, but he will not need to win any trophies or finish in the top three. He had been linked with the Monaco job in recent weeks, but that would have been too risky a move for one of football’s all-time greats.
If Bordeaux welcome back one of their favourite sons it should make for an excellent and exciting campaign for les Girondins. Could one of the greatest players become one of the greatest coaches of all time?