Steve McManaman has expressed doubts on the ability of his former Real Madrid teammate Zinedin Zidane to inspire the club to glory.
The Englishman was teammates with Zidane in the initial ‘galactic’ era and shared the same dressing room with the former world footballer of the year, as they won the Champions League in 2002 and the La Liga the following season.
McManaman however, did not see Zidane as a future leader of the club at the time, as he said the former France international was a ‘reserved’ and ‘quiet’ figure at the Santiago Bernabeu.
And with Real now 12 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, following the 1-0 defeat to city rivals Aletico and the 1-1 draw at Malaga, questions are being asked of Zidane’s managerial abilities for the first time.
Now McManaman has had his say on the leadership credentials of his one-time team-mate.
He said: “I didn’t think in the dressing room he’d be a manager,” he was quoted in the Daily Express.
“When he arrived he didn’t speak Spanish and he was very quiet. He was an incredible footballer but he normally spoke French and only French.
“He spoke Italian as well of course but he spoke French mainly and kept himself to the likes of Claude Makelele, who in his own way was quiet too.
“But you wouldn’t think he would be Madrid manager because he wasn’t very vocal in the dressing room.
“Zizou was quiet, reserved and very professional. He came, trained and went home.
“He’s definitely not a screaming manager but he’s got so much knowledge that he demands respect.”