Zidane and the other managers who could not stay away

Monday March 11 2019

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane attends a training session during Real Madrid's Media Open Day ahead of their UEFA Champions league final football match against Liverpool FC, in Madrid on May 22, 2018. AFP PHOTO  

By AFP

Zinedine Zidane has made a sensational return as coach of Real Madrid after Santiago Solari's sacking was finally confirmed on Monday.
Zidane has been given a contract until June 2022, just nine months after he resigned at the end of last season, having led Madrid to an historic third consecutive Champions League triumph.
Solari's dismissal was expected after three consecutive home defeats - to Barcelona, twice, and Ajax - deemed Madrid's season all-but over before the middle of March.

But Zidane coming back, with only 11 games left in La Liga and almost nothing to play for, is a surprise, particularly after he left on the incredible high of yet another European triumph.
"Real Madrid's board has decided to terminate Santiago Solari's contract as coach of the first team," read an official statement on Monday.

"Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown to this club.
"The board has also agreed to the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of Real Madrid with immediate effect for the remainder of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022."

Zidane and the other managers who could not stay away

Zinedine Zidane has returned as Real Madrid boss, just over nine months after walking out on the club following a third consecutive Champions League triumph.
Here, AFP Sport takes a look at managers who returned to their former clubs:
Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

2016-18, 2019-
Zidane enjoyed a remarkable start to top level management after being appointed in 2016, steering the club for whom he starred as a player between 2001 and 2006 to an unprecedented three successive Champions Leagues.
He also guided Madrid to a league crown at the Bernabeu in 2017 but a year later the Frenchman quit just days after the club claimed a record-extending 13th European title. Now he returns to replace Santiago Solari, who was sacked after a disastrous week that saw Real knocked out of the Champions League and suffer league and cup defeats to Barcelona.

Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich)
1987-1991, 2009, 2011-2013, 2017-2018
Heynckes has won four Bundesliga titles as Bayern coach -- the first in 1989 and the most recent just last year.
He left for a third time after sealing an incredible 2013 treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles, and returned to lead Bayern out of a crisis in 2017 when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked.
Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool)

1985-1991, 2011-2012
'King Kenny' became manager for a second time at Anfield in 2011, two decades after an emotional resignation following the Hillsborough disaster brought the end to his first, trophy-laden stint.
Dalglish led the Reds to the 2012 League Cup, which remains their only trophy since 2006, but left at the end of the 2011-2012 season after a disappointing eighth-placed league finish.
Fabio Capello (Real Madrid)

1996-1997, 2006-2007
Capello led Real to the Spanish title in his first season in charge, and signed key players such as Clarence Seedorf and Roberto Carlos, only to be sacked.
He returned to the Spanish capital 10 years later and helped Real end a four-year wait for a major title as he won La Liga in 2007, but was sacked again just weeks later.
Marcello Lippi (Juventus)

1994-1999, 2001-2004
Lippi won three Serie A titles and only the second Champions League crown in Juventus' history in the 1990s, before leaving to join their great rivals Inter Milan.
But it did not take long for him to return after being sacked by Inter, as he replaced Carlo Ancelotti in Turin, going on to take Juve to another Champions League final in 2003, where they lost on penalties to AC Milan.
Matt Busby (Manchester United)

1945-1969, 1970-71
Busby was one of the game's greatest ever managers, having survived the tragic Munich air disaster in 1958 that decimated his much-loved 'Busby Babes' side to help United become the first English winners of the European Cup 10 years later.
He retired the following season, but briefly returned to the Old Trafford dugout after the sacking of Wilf McGuinness.
Jose Mourinho (Chelsea)

2004-2007, 2013-2015
Mourinho won major titles in all three seasons of his first spell at Chelsea, and returned in 2013 amid great fanfare, declaring himself "the happy one".
He won the Premier League title in his second season back, but was sacked a second time after a catastrophic start to the Blues' title defence in 2015.
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco)

2014-2018, 2019
Jardim led Monaco to the 2017 French title and despite losing a host of key players, took his side to second place last season. He was then dumped and replaced by Thierry Henry after a dreadful start to the current campaign.
However he returned just three months later to replace Henry, who was sacked in January after a dreadful run of results.
Claudio Ranieri (Roma)
2009-2011, 2019
Feted for his 2016 Premier League title win with Leicester City, on Friday Claudio Ranieri returned to his hometown team Roma, where in 2010 he almost pipped Jose Mourinho's treble-winning Inter to the Serie A title.
Trophy-starved Roma were top of the league at half-time on the final day of the season but fell short after Inter won at Siena, before losing the Coppa Italia final to Mourinho's outfit. He resigned in February the following year amid a poor run of results.

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