Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has written an open letter explaining
why he decided to quit as the club’s manager.
a year before the end of his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu. One of the most
successful coaches in the club’s history, his departure had been rumored for months,
but there was no press conference or farewell explaining his decision.
Here are excerpts from Zidane’s letter:
“For more than 20 years, from the first day, I arrived at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
and wore the white shirt, you’ve shown me your love.
I’ve always felt that there was something special between us. I’ve had the enormous
honor of being a player and the coach of the greatest club ever, but above all, I’m just
another Madrid fan. For all these reasons I wanted to write this letter, to say goodbye
to you and explain my decision to leave the coaching job.
“I have now decided to leave and I want to properly explain the reasons. I’m going,
but I’m not jumping overboard, nor am I tired of coaching. 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 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. 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, a 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. I know perfectly well what a team needs. Over these 20 years at Madrid
I’ve learned that you, the fans, want to win, of course, but above all you want us to give
our all: the coach, the staff, the employees and of course the players. And I can assure
you we’ve given 100% of ourselves to this club.