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Zinedine Zidane reported for lack of coaching badges

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Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane has been reported to the Spanish Football Assocication for managing Real Madrid Castilla without the necessary coaching badges.

The Frenchman took charge of his first game as the B team boss last weekend, but is yet to gain the coaching badges required to coach at that level.

Rulebreaker

Miguel Galan, director of the Spanish National Football Coach Education Centre (CENAFE), has bashed Zidane for not following the same path as all of Spain’s football coaches.

"Zidane does not have the required qualification," Galan said. "According to all the reports, he has just a UEFA 'A' license. That is not enough to take charge of Castilla.

"We have to defend the coaches who have earned their licence. All coaches, whatever their name, should hold the appropriate qualification, duly recognised by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport", Galán was quoted in Marca.

Acting assistant

The decision to appoint Zidane was announced on Real Madrid’s official website in June. However Real Madrid appear to be attempting to bypass the problem by naming Santiago Sanchez as manager and Zizou as his assistant.

According to Galán, "No one who has anything to do with the football world can be unaware that Zidane is acting as Real Madrid Castilla's head coach this season. It is a fait accompli that has been widely accepted, as shown by media reports, and Real Madrid do not deny it".

Zidane’s current coaching licences allows him to act as an assistant and attend press conferences, aiding the facade.

"This hierarchy only exists on paper,” Galán added. “The truth is the exact opposite: Zidane is acting as Real Madrid Castilla's head coach, while, with all due respect to him as a colleague, Mr Sánchez's role basically boils down to providing the badges".

According to Marca, the Spanish FA will keep a close eye on Zidane, but at present have little basis for an investigation until further matches are played in the division, as both the manager and his assistant are allowed to give instructions to players from the touchline, as long both do not do so at the same time.

Return to Real

The World Cup winner first returned to Madrid as a liaison between the first team and then manager Jose Mourinho, before taking up a role as Sporting director in 2011.

Zizou spent last season as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant, but took up the job as head coach of Castilla after their relegation to Segunda division B.

The 42-year-old has not enjoyed the best start to his managerial career, with Castilla losing his first two matches as head coach.

They lost their season opener to neighbours Atletico Madrid B, before losing at home to Getafe B on Saturday, both by 2 – 1 score lines.

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