Zidane criticises Madrid hierarchy in open letter to fans

Zinedine Zidane has written an open letter to Real Madrid fans explaining his reasons behind leaving the club as manager for the second time last week.

The Frenchman announced that he would be departing Real shortly after the end of the LaLiga season, in which his side finished second behind Atletico Madrid.

They reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, but lost out to eventual winners Chelsea.

Results in other competitions meant that Real ended the campaign trophyless for the first time since the 2009/10 season.

In his letter, which was published by Spanish newspaper AS, Zidane said that he believes the club’s board “no longer has the faith in me I need”, and reiterated that he is not “tired of coaching”.

He wrote: “In May 2018 I left because after two and a half years, with so many victories and so many trophies, I felt the team needed a new approach to stay at the very highest level.

“Right now, things are different. I’m leaving because I feel the club no longer has the faith in me I need, nor the support to build something in the medium or long term.

“I understand football and I know the demands for a club like Real Madrid. I know when you don’t win, you have to leave.

“But with this a very important thing has been forgotten, everything I built day-to-day has been forgotten, what I brought to my relationships with the players, with the 150 people who work with and around the team.

“I’m a natural-born winner and I was here to win trophies, but even more important than this are the people, their feelings, life itself and I have the sensation these things have not been taken into account, that there has been a failure to understand that these things also keep the dynamics of a great club going.

“To some extent I have even been rebuked for it.”

Zidane on club relationships

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The Frenchman also wrote about his relationships with the club and president Florentino Perez.

“I want there to be respect for what we have achieved together. I would have liked my relationship with the club and the president over the past few months to have been a little different to that of other coaches,” he wrote.

“I wasn’t asking for privileges, of course not, just a little more recollection. These days the life of a coach in the dugout at a big club is two seasons, little more.

“For it to last longer the human relationships are essential, they are more important than money, more important than fame, more important than everything. They need to be nurtured.

“That’s why it hurt me so much when I read in the press, after a defeat, that I would be sacked if I didn’t win the next game.

“It hurt me and the whole team because these deliberately leaked messages to the media negatively influenced the squad, they created doubts and misunderstandings.

“Luckily I had these amazing lads who were with me to the death. When things turned ugly they saved me with magnificent victories. Because they believed in me and knew I believed in them.

“Of course I’m not the best coach in the world, but I’m able to give everyone, whether it’s a player, a member of the coaching staff or any employee, the strength and confidence they need in their job.”

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