Ex-Real Madrid president tells talkSPORT Zinedine Zidane is set to replace Rafa Benitez

first_imgZinedine Zidane is in line to replace Rafael Benitez as Real Madrid boss, the club’s former president Ramon Calderon has told talkSPORT.Benitez has endured a difficult start to his Bernabeu reign after replacing Carlo Ancelotti in the summer.He has overseen a humiliating defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Barcelona and Real are currently five points adrift of the La Liga leaders.President Florentino Perez is reportedly weighing up whether to ditch the ex-Liverpool boss and Calderon says, should he do so, then Zidane will almost certainly be his successor.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “Benitez is having problems. “Ancelotti was doing well and the players were backing him. Now with results not as expected people are starting to get fed up [under Benitez] and the players seem not to be very happy.“Having Benitez from the beginning was a problem. We knew this could happen if the results weren’t right. If he leaves, the man who will come in will be Zidane.”One of the club’s greatest ever players, Zidane’s appointment would be popular with the Bernabeu faithful.But Calderon believes Spain boss Vicente del Bosque, who enjoyed great success in charge of Real from 1999 to 2003, should be Perez’s top target.“Del Bosque proved to be a fantastic coach. He was with us all his life as a player and a coach. He won two Champions Leagues, he won the World Cup and the European Championship with the national team, so he would be the perfect manager,” he insisted.“I know the president doesn’t like him but, for me, he would be the right one. He knows the club well, he knows how things work. He did perfect at the time he was with us. He would be the right manager, no doubt.“It is too early [for Zidane]. He has been coaching the second team in the second division – he lacks experience. But it seems that the president has decided to have him on the bench if Benitez leaves.”last_img read more

THE HOOPS: VICTORY FOR CELTIC OVER SFA IN LENNON BAN

first_imgCeltic manager Neil Lennon will return to the dugout on 9 April after the Scottish FA confirmed he would serve his two four-match bans concurrently.Lennon was serving a touchline ban when he was charged with misconduct for his “behaviour on the night” of the Old Firm match on 2 March.That charge led to a further four-match ban and the SFA indicated that the two bans would run consecutively. But the SFA have admitted that this is “legally unenforceable”.Therefore, by the time Lennon is allowed back in the technical area on matchday, he will have been suspended for five games rather than eight.And Celtic say they are “pleased that the SFA has recognised that Celtic’s position is absolutely correct”.Lennon was dismissed to the stand during Celtic’s 2-0 defeat by Hearts in November and was given an excessive misconduct charge for his behaviour during the match at Tynecastle. The sending off incurred an automatic two-match ban, while an extra four games were added for Lennon’s heated exchange with match officials.THE HOOPS: VICTORY FOR CELTIC OVER SFA IN LENNON BAN was last modified: April 1st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more