Zinedine Zidane is back at the helm of Real Madrid, a mere 284 days since they parted ways.
He is back and his priority is to rescue and revitalise a struggling squad that has been on a downward spiral ever since his departure on May 31 2018.
After being presented as the new coach at 20:00 CET on Monday evening, Zidane will take charge of his first training session on Tuesday morning.
He will take over for the rest of the campaign and then be in charge for another three seasons.
Zidane was the standout favourite for Florentino Perez and the Real Madridpresident was willing to do whatever it took to get him back on side.
He made his decision to re-appoint the Frenchman after his team’s Champions League hoped were dealt a huge blow when they were dumped out of the competition by Ajax.
The only stumbling block was convincing Zidane to return to his former club.
It seems it only required two conversations to twist his arm and Zidane is now back at the club that he has called home since July 2001.
Zidane‘s arrival comes as Santiago Solari has been relieved of his duties as coach.
Despite their victory against Real Valladolid, the club’s hierarchy decided to make the decision to remove Solari from his post and bring back Zidane with three months of the season left and 11 LaLiga Santander games to play.
With the return of Zidane, Real Madrid now have the second most successful coach in their history back at the helm.
During his first spell with the club, over the course of less than three seasons, he managed to win nine trophies.
Only Miguel Munos, with 14 trophies to his name, eclipses the Frenchman’s achievements.
Luis Molowny and Vicente Del Bosque fall just short of Zidance‘s trophy haul with eight and seven trophies to their name, respectively.
The nine trophies that Zidane won during his first tenure with the club are as follows: Champions League, European Super Cup, Club World Cup, LaLiga Santander, Champions League, Supercopa De Espana, European Super Cup, Club World Cup, Champions League.
He worked wonders in his first stint with ‘Los Blancos’ and now, 284 days later he is back where it all started for him back in 2001 and everyone connected with the club will be hoping that his second spell in charge will be just as fruitful as his first.