Zinedine Zidane: Five Clubs the French Legend Could Manage Next, Including Juventus

Zinedine Zidane: Five Clubs the French Legend Could Manage Next, Including Juventus

Byron Pillay
updated at February 28, 2024 at 7:05 AM
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  • Zinedine Zidane has not coached a side since he was in charge of La Liga's Real Madrid in 2021
  • The French legend expressed an interest in returning to the coaching bench in the near future
  • While Juventus is one club he will never say no to, there are other teams Zidane could manage

Zinedine Zidane could be making his long-awaited return to coaching.

The former Real Madrid boss last managed a team in 2021 but has hinted that he’s eager to get back to it.

Zinedine Zidane has hinted that he could make a return to coaching.
Zinedine Zidane is looking at coaching again, and Sports Brief looks at five clubs he could manage. Image: Dean Mouhtaropoulos.
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As noted by Football Espana, Zizou was asked about coaching in Italy, when he hinted that he missed being on the bench.

"Why not? Anything can happen, but at the moment, I’m doing something else. I am sure that I will return to the bench, I would like to coach again."

With the French legend finally addressing his absence from a management role, Sports Brief looks at five clubs he could potentially take charge of.

Five clubs Zidane could manage

Juventus

A former player of the Italian side, Zizou would jump at the chance to coach the team.

The former French international played 212 games for the Old Lady, and credits ex-coach Marcello Lippi for believing in him and giving him a chance to play.

Juvefc.com spoke to a confidant of Zidane, who admitted that the club was very special to him.

"Zidane would return to Juventus on foot and would only coach the Bianconeri, the French national team, or Bayern Munich," he said.

Bayern Munich

Following the news that Thomas Tuchel would be relieved of his duties at the end of the season, the hunt has been on for a new manager of the Bundesliga champions.

While Xabi Alonso is on top of that wishlist, Zidane is also a strong contender.

The Frenchman views Bayern as a big institution like Madrid and would love to manage the side.

Zizou’s former teammate, Christophe Dugarry, recently shared that he felt the German club were a good fit for the former Los Blancos manager, GOAL reported.

Chelsea

It seems just a matter of time before Mauricio Pochettino is relieved of his duties at the Blues.

The English side are 11th in the English Premier League and lost the Carabao Cup final to Liverpool. While they are still in the running for the FA Cup, their lack of consistency doesn’t inspire confidence.

Zidane has been linked with the Londoners before, The Mirror noted, before Frank Lampard was brought back to the club.

Liverpool

It’s a bitter pill to swallow for any fan of the Anfield-based side, but Jurgen Klopp will be stepping down at the end of the season.

The German has shot down suggestions that he will make a U-turn on his decision, even if the club win four trophies this season.

Zidane has previously shot down moves to the Premier League but is reportedly tempted by the Liverpool post, Football365 noted.

The club's rich legacy is one factor that could lead him to choose the Reds.

Manchester United

The French legend has been linked with the Old Trafford post for nearly a decade.

While Erik ten Hag is currently in charge of the side, the Dutchman has lost the confidence of some players and could be replaced by the end of the season.

The only factor that stopped Zidane from a job in the EPL before was the language barrier, but that appears to be a thing of the past.

In December 2023, it was reported that Zizou had been taking English lessons for months, possibly because he was interested in a post abroad.

Zidane tipped for Bayern Munich post

Sports Brief reported how Zidane was a favourite to replace Tuchel at the helm of Bayern Munich.

The German club announced the manager would be relieved of his duties at the end of the season.

Zidane has not managed a club since 2021, when he was still in charge of La Liga side, Real Madrid.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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