Zinedine Zidane has admitted he was afraid of delving into a managerial role after his playing days were over.
The man who used to terrorise defenders with his exceptional technique with the ball said in a very frank interview with French nationwide sports daily L'Equipe: "I was afraid, scared of trusting people and then being let down. With time, I have gained more self-confidence, and am more open with people."
Zidane - who has been named new Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti's assistant - also believes there is no connection between his glittering playing career and his managing capabilities.
"Being a good player does not guarantee you are going to be a good coach. It can help, but nothing more," he added.
The Frenchman is set to carry out two very important roles for his former club as he continues his role as director of football as well as coaching on the field under Italian head coach Ancelotti.
He has already played a very instrumental role in the recruitment of players this summer by single-handedly convincing Madrid's latest signings Isco and Asier Illarramendi to join the club.
He also managed to convince Castilla star Jese Rodriguez against changing clubs this summer and staying on to fight for his place in Madrid’s first team line-up next season.
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