French football great Zinedine Zidane returns as Real Madrid boss for the second time. After the sacking of Argentine manager Solari, news of the quick replacement broke out on Monday when the Spanish giants confirmed the return of the footballing great. But this is not the first time a manager has returned to his former club. We pick out 4 famous bosses who couldn’t stay away.
Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool: 1985 – 1991, 2011 – 2012)
Ex-player turned manager for the decorated club; Kenny guided the boys to a double silverware campaign in his first season. He then went on to win the title twice in 1988 & 1990. Following the sacking of Roy Hodgson in 2011, 20 years later, Dalglish was appointed interim manager. A decent start to the season locked him permanently, but soon saw a disastrous end to the season finishing eight on the table. The Scotsman was then sacked.
Jose Mourinho (Chelsea: 2004 – 2007, 2013 – 2015)
Arguably one of the most controversial managers in the game, Portugal-born Jose Mourinho lived up to his reputation by leading the blues to Premier League championship in his first two seasons. The ‘special one’ then saw a bitter downfall in his fourth year as boss after variations with club owner Roman Abramovich.
Following his victorious spells at Inter Milan and Real Madrid, Jose made his way back to the English side in 2013 clinching the title again the following season. Once again in 2015, a gloomy campaign saw the Portuguese exit the club and headline the football world.
Fabio Capello (Real Madrid: 1996 – 1997, 2006 – 2007)
The former Italian manager, for Real Madrid, made news in both of his short terms at the club. Impressive seasons in 1997 and 2007 led him to win the La Liga, managing the likes of Raul, Roberto Carlos, David Beckham, Fabio Cannavaro and Ruud van Nistelrooy.
His tactics were criticized by both fans and media, which consequently led to his sacking even after winning the title in 2007 with Los Blancos.
Kevin Keegan (Newcastle: 1992 – 1997, 2008)
The Englishman who played and then went on to manage the magpies almost led the team to win the title in his first year as boss. After exiting the club, leaving his mark on its history, he was appointed manager again in 2008. Differences with the director of football at Newcastle over signings without his knowledge, led to Keegan’s exit from the club after just 8 months on the job. He managed one of England’s biggest clubs – Manchester City, and the international side during that decade when he was not at Newcastle United.
Many famous managers have returned to their former clubs only to step down from the job too soon. The Spanish giants, currently trailing 12 points behind leaders and arch rivals Barcelona, can only trust in Zidane’s highly applauded expertise as manager. Will the Barnabeu see glorious days again? We look forward to an exciting climax to the season.