Zinedine Zidane was almost sacked by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez last year, according to The Sun.
Zidane was in charge of Madrid’s reserves, Castilla, and Perez was unimpressed with the style of football he was playing.
The 68-year-old was considering firing the Frenchman before being talked out of it by other club officials.
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When Carlo Ancelotti was dismissed as manager in May 2015, Perez wanted to change the way that the club was performing and it’s believed that Zidane was in the firing line.
Perez was also allegedly concerned with his poor relationship with Bernabeu executives.
While these reports are yet to be confirmed, it would come as no surprise given Perez’s impatience with managers.
The club have had 13 managers since Perez first took over as president in 2000.
Zidane will be hoping he can last longer than the previous bosses and has made a good start to his managerial career in Madrid having won four of his first five matches.
His side are currently one point behind their city rivals Atletico but trail Barcelona by four points having played a game more.
They face Roma in the last-16 of the Champions League, with the first leg being played next week.