Zidane to take coaching badges.
“I’ll pass my coaching diplomas… we’ll see later on for the professional coaching license. You have to start with something and I’ll start this year.”
“One day, why not coach this team [France]?
“It’s never the time to speak about it because there are always coaches in place, but you asked me the question, and you got my answer. I’ve got lots of other things to do beforehand. We’ll see how it pans out later.”
So Edgar Davids is not the only legendary midfielder of the past decade to move into coaching this week.
France World Cup and European Championship winner Zinidine Zidane, 40, has revealed that he is taking his coaching badges with a view to moving into management but, unlike Davids who is now joint head-coach of lowly Barnet, Zizou has his sights set on the top and has hinted that he’d be interested in the France job in the future.
The news will no doubt mean a touch of added pressure for current Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps, who will know that any slips up and the media might start touting Zidane for his job.
After all, the playmaker is arguably the greatest French footballer of all time and led the team to World Cup glory over Brazil in 1998, before his imfamous headbutt in the 2006 final helped Italy to victory.
Great players don’t always make great coaches of course and it questionable whether Zidane has the temperament to be a top manager, given his ocassional high-profile misdemenours on the field.
He would of course instantly be able to command the respect of the players and if he can coach half as well as he played, then his players would improve at quite some rate.
Watch this space.
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