Real Madrid to announce Tottenham manager, Pochettino as Zidane's replacement

Real Madrid to announce Tottenham manager, Pochettino as Zidane's replacement

Zinedine Zidane has announced his resignation as Real Madrid head coach.

Five days after winning a third Champions League title, Zinedine Zidane has stunned Real Madrid by resigning as manager.

" I will still be close to the club but this decision is a clear one that might not make sense to some people but it is the moment to make a change, for the players as well". 'Madrid has done everything for me, ' he said.

The Frenchman clearly feels that after such a successful period at the Bernabeu the only way forward for the club to continue its success is via a change at the top.

Zidane felt he had to step down so that "this team must continue winning. This team must keep winning, and it needs a change after three years, another voice, another method of working". "In the coming days I will give a response to the fans because they actually have always been at my side".

TRT World's sports editor Lance Santos speaks about the announcement.

In his first two seasons of 2015/2016 and 2016/2017, Zidane also won La Liga title, a Supercopa de España title, the Uefa Super Cup twice and Fifa Club World Cup twice. I'll always be thankful.

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"I have thought a lot about this decision and I can´t go back on it". After doing three years, it's the right decision.

"We say it, it was complicated this year in the league, these are moments that I don´t forget", he said.

"It was a completely unexpected decision", Madrid president Florentino Perez said of Zidane's departure.

"We always want more from the players, and a moment comes when I can not ask them for more", he said. "I thank him for the work he has done". Asked if his decision might have gone differently had he not won that game, enigmatically, he said: "maybe".

Tributes flooded in for the Frenchman with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos hailing him as a club legend who leaves behind a legacy as a player and manager.

The french man has left the club slightly two years after he took over at the helm of the prestigious club he once played for after taking over from Rafael Benitez in January 2016.

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