Sunday, May 17, 2009
Could Blanc's fast track lead to Real Madrid?
Zinedine Zidane has recommended Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc to Real Madrid's prospective president, Florentino Perez.
According to Sport, Perez has asked members of his team to suggest a coach and Zidane, who is widely expected to have a role to play at Real Madrid, has built a case for Blanc.
The current Bordeaux coach, who played with Zidane for the French national team, has enjoyed a successful start to his young managerial career. He was elected manager of the year last season after guiding his side to second, while they find themselves on top this season, pending Marseille's result tomorrow. Zidane favors him because of his commitment to attacking football, as well as his calm demeanor.
Blanc might not have the experience of some of the other names linked with the Real Madrid job - Arsene Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho and Jorge Valdano - but has risen to the top of the French coaching ranks with his success at the domestic level.
Posted by Mike Jacobs at 9:36 AM