As Saudi Arabia have purchased Newcastle United to make the historic Premier League club the latest sportswashing enterprise in football, big names are naturally being linked with the club in anticipation of a massive cash influx. A major question has been regarding Newcastle’s next manager, and former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was even recently linked with the job.
But as quickly as the Newcastle rumors came, they went. Zizou reportedly has no interest in the job, which is about as surprising news as seeing that a Lionel Messi fan has sent you a tweet consisting of unintelligible garbage.
Zidane has no interest in Newcastle, precisely because there is no reason for one of the greatest managers of the modern game to be interested in a club with no set project. Newcastle is a sea of “What ifs?”, while Zidane is the pinnacle of greatness. He is the man who guided Real Madrid to an unprecedented three straight Champions League titles. Zidane does not deal with uncertainties, nor could I envision him being interested in appeasing the whims of a sportswashing club after the unpleasantries of Florentino Perez’s ego were already wearing thin.
In all reality, there is only one job left for Zizou in football. There is something remaining for him to achieve, and that is to conquer the international game. To be clear, he already did so as a player, leading the French national team to a World Cup triumph, a Euro crown, and a further World Cup Final appearance. But just as he conquered the club game as a player and manager, I have every reason to believe he can hoist the trophy high as the French national team manager.
Zidane is a much better manager than Deschamps
He knows his country needs him. Didier Deschamps’ man-management was unable to weather the storms that arose in the 2020 European Championships. His stagnant, inflexible tactical ideas fail to get the most out of the incredible talent at his disposal, and he has no idea how to organize a defense appropriately. Deschamps overvalues players who are clearly not good enough to start for the team, with players openly showing their distaste for fraudulent right back Benjamin Pavard.
The France job is Zidane’s dream. He remains on sabbatical as a manager, just waiting for the right opportunity. Deschamps will almost certainly manage France for the World Cup in Qatar, with potential future Madrid trio Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, and Karim Benzema as his centerpieces.
If Deschamps is unsuccessful in defending France’s World Cup crown, that is when Zidane enters into the equation. You had better believe there is nobody else France would call up other than their national hero, the beloved Zizou.
Imagine him managing Benzema, Pogba, Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Jules Kounde, Eduardo Camavinga, Antoine Griezmann, and all the other wonderful players too numerous to list. So many of them have played for Real Madrid, are playing for Real Madrid, or were wanted by Zidane at Real Madrid. And he can coach them all, representing his country while helping these men progress into the best version of themselves on the pitch.
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Zidane gave Real his everything across two stints, and Madridistas are eternally grateful for that. And if you ask most of them, they would love nothing more than to see Zidane check that last box off his bucket list by winning trophies with France, creating yet another enduring legacy in football.