Rarely does a clown run a circus. But there's a high profile example of just that continuing to happen over in Spain's capital city.

Real Madrid's head honcho, Florentino Perez, finally made the call to relieve Rafael Benitez of his managerial duties on Monday afternoon, after a less-than-inspiring seven months in charge. 

Cast aside he was within thirty seconds of the club's delayed press conference later that evening (the delay, due to a children's party), and ​Marca even report he wasn't informed of his dismissal prior to public announcement. Though there are conflicting reports over whether that's actually the case. Needless to say, Perez proved once more he possesses impeccable time-keeping skills.

Zinedine Zidane was the man announced as the former Liverpool boss' successor. He took the stage at Santiago Bernabeu with his signature shiny bald head, wonderfully tailored blue jacket and entire family in tow, all under the bright lights of the world's present media.

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This was the moment he'd been waiting for, but Rafa - who broke down in tears upon his announcement as Los Blancos boss in June - was already the afterthought, just minutes after being football's biggest story. He had, after all, been replaced by a man who ultimately went down as the greatest footballer of his generation, and this is his first foray into top-level management.

This is at the biggest club in the world, too; the one he starred in over the peak years of his playing days. But he's now become Real Madrid's 13th head coach this century, and Perez's 11th - off the back of a less than convincing spell in charge of Real's Castilla team. Only three of Perez's senior managers have last more than a season, so yeah, good luck, Zizou.

It's another mind-boggling decision made from the top. While Zidane's appointment could prove to be a masterstroke - he chirped that he's desperate to play the attacking football Real Madrid fans and the president crave - it's the most pressurised, and unforgiving, job in the game. He won't be given the time to make mistakes. 


Benitez certainly wasn't allowed that time. Of course, he didn't oversee the greatest results - he let the lead slip in the Madrid derby and weeks later saw his team humbled, 4-0, at home to greatest rivals Barcelona - but it was a reign clouded in doubt since the very start. 

Rafa's style was never the right fit for Real Madrid's ideals, it just took seven months of Florentino Perez attempting to stick a square peg in a round hole for him to discover that he'd made (yet another) wrong decision. It's Zidane's turn to be the dancing monkey now, but the clock's ticking down on the time Perez pulls the trigger on his reign too.

Maybe the managers aren't the problem, 'Tino, maybe it's you.

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