Zinedine Zidane described the feeling of being made manager of Real Madrid by saying: "I'm more excited now than I was on the day I signed as a player."
Party line rhetoric from the former French international but then he couldn't have said anything else in the circumstances.
Even if his excitement at being promoted from Real Madrid Castilla to the first team is genuine, on the face of it, his appointment by Florentino Perez has left Zidane hung out to dry.
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Simply put, he has no previous experience at senior level.
By their own admission, Real Madrid are the "biggest club in the world" yet are prepared to gamble their immediate future on an untried and untested manager purely because he was a legend of the club as a player.
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There's no blaming Zidane of course. When jobs like these come around, which isn't often, they have to be grabbed with both hands.
And anyone with a passing interest in football would like to see one of the gentlemen of the game succeed.
But it has to be done at Zidane's own pace. He's at least two years away realistically from being able to competently coach such a group of egos.
He's not really set the world alight at Castilla and now he has to assuage the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez et al.
It's true that he will command respect from every single member of the dressing room which was something Rafael Benitez never could.
But if he doesn't hit the ground running in terms of results, it won't be long before the Madrid faithful turn on him - and that would be unfair and grossly humiliating to one of their own.
It'll be interesting to learn exactly what's expected of the manager.
Out of the Copa Del Rey and potentially five points behind Barcelona should the Catalans win their game in hand, at this point, the Champions League seems to be the most likely route to success for Los Blancos.
His biggest challenge is getting the team to play cohesively as a unit. Something that they've not really done since Benitez took over and players took exception to his methods.
The Spaniard was completely undermined from the beginning but it's hard to imagine the same fate befalling Zidane.
He has a few weeks of a transfer window to make his mark. Will a high-profile departure in January really set the tone? It will certainly send out a warning shot across the bows to his players that he won't stand for any messing about.
It's against his nature but Perez needs to keep his nose out and give Zidane the time to build something special.
If the president wants the Frenchman to be Real's "Guardiola" then the way to achieve the same is to work with the manager and not over him.
It's the toughest of jobs to start your managerial career with and Zidane will live or die by his decisions. Nothing to suggest he is going to be spectacular in this path but who'd have realistically said that Pep would win 14 titles in four years.
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