Zinedine Zidane to be given bumper pay rise at Real Madrid

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It is safe to say Zinedine Zidane has done a sterling job since replacing Rafael Benitez in charge of Real Madrid last season.

The team's confidence was left in tatters after a disastrous start to the campaign with Benitez at the helm and it reached the point where Florentino Perez was left with little option but to dismiss the Spaniard.

Appointing Zidane carried its own level of risk. Despite spending two years managing Madrid's Castilla team, the lack of top-level experience meant the Bernabeu hierarchy were taking somewhat of a stab in the dark to see how the Frenchman would handle the hot seat.

But being able to salvage a charge for the title and a brilliant Champions League triumph still represented a positive debut campaign for Zidane and he is finally being rewarded for his heroics.

Pete Jenson of the Daily Mail is reporting that Madrid have agreed to double Zidane's wages following a review of his first season in charge.

The 44-year-old surprisingly became one of the lowest paid managers at the helm of a European giant after agreeing to earn a rather modest - by football's standards - £44,000-a-week.

However, Madrid are pleased with Zidane's adjustment to first-team management and the former midfielder's new wage will duly rise in accordance with his performance since being promoted to his current role in January.

The same article does not specify how long any fresh deal will run for but it does look like he will be pocketing a handy €5.5 million per season.

Of course, given the nature of the club's hire and fire policy, it might be ill-advised to hand the manager too many years to play with should the ship start sinking once again.

But Zidane does have the advantage of being a firm fan favourite, a status which goes all the way back to his playing days.

Support from the stands could put him in a much stronger position at the first sign of trouble and possibly delay any execution longer than many others would have received in the past.

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