Former Real Madrid president Roman Calderon says the club’s senior players opposed the idea of Jose Mourinho returning to the Santiago Bernabeu before it was announced that Zinedine Zidane would be returning.
The reigning Champions League holders made the announcement on Monday, with the Frenchman coming back to the club less than 12 months after leaving following a season of turmoil under first Julen Lopetegui, then Santiago Solari.
Zidane had been linked with a number of roles during his short break from management, including Chelsea, Manchester United and Qatar, but will now come back for a second spell as Madrid coach.
During his first go round, Zidane won one La Liga title and three Champions Leagues, becoming the first coach to ever win the competition three years running since its rebrand from the old European Cup.
Calderon had previously insisted that Mourinho was the board’s choice to take over, but intervention from the club’s senior players - presumably including Sergio Ramos and Marcelo who played under him previously - put an end to that idea.
"The dressing room leaders pushed to reject the possibility of Jose Mourinho," he said.
"He left [Real Madrid] a lot of problems and I think he would have been another problem to the ones we already have if he had come.
"I think Jose Mourinho would have been a step backwards, there was a lot of problems and controversy when he was here.
"He is a good coach with a lot of trophies but many of the leaders in the dressing room didn't like him and I think that was important in the decision-making."