Youri Djorkaeff doesn't think Zinedine Zidane will be successful at Real Madrid

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Former French international Youri Djorkaeff has boldly predicted that Zinedine Zidane will be a top manager in future but he does not see him succeeding at Real Madrid.

Djorkaeff was one of the members of the World Cup winning squad of 1998 where the current Los Blancos head coach was awarded the man of the match in the final against Brazil in his homeland.

He cites the impatience of the Real Madrid hierarchy as the main reason for their shortcomings in recent years and he does think he former teammate will be able to change the ethos of the club.


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As reported by, the 48-year-old said: “He is the man for the job, but is he the man for Real Madrid? I’m not sure.”

The former Inter Milan, PSG and Bolton forward referred to the example of Zidane’s predecessors to validate his statement.

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“It’s a very difficult role. You only have to look at the past three coaches: Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez. How much time does the average Real boss have in the job? Two years, maybe two and a half if you’re lucky?”


Djorkaeff also felt that his lack of managerial experience would have been balanced by his familiarity of the club, having previously held various roles at the Bernabeu - the last being head coach of Real Madrid's B team.

He added: “The expectations at the club are very high. It’s not easy for him. But he did work with the reserves and the young team in previous years, then as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant, so he does know the place well."



Zidane boosts an impressive record of 11 victories, two draws and only a single loss in 14 matches since taking over from Rafael Benitez in January.

The Galacticos face Barcelona in La Liga on April 3 in a game that will unusually have little impact on the title race as the Catalans are already ten points ahead of their rivals.

However, despite a tough domestic campaign, Cristiano Ronaldo and company are still in contention for the Champions League and face Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals.

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