Villarreal Coach Pellegrini Lauded By Florentino Perez & Ivan Zamorano

‘The Engineer’ has become one of the most talked about coaches over the past few days as he continues to win plaudits.

Chile’s national team coach, Marcelo Bielsa had yesterday advised Manuel Pellegrini to grab hold of the opportunity to coach Real Madrid. Now, another influential figure from his native homeland, Ivan Zamorano has backed the Villarreal trainer to take up the challenge of occupying the Santiago Bernabeu bench.

In fact, ‘Bam Bam’ is confident that the 55-year-old has the qualities to succeed in one of the most demanding jobs in world football.

“He has spent the last five years working at Villarreal, who were a small club, but he has transformed them into a powerhouse in the world stage,” he was quoted as saying by Marca.

“Manuel has earned the proper merits and it’s incredible that Real Madrid, the greatest team in the world, has paid so much attention to him.

“He is endorsed by his great work as his professionalism and his seriousness will show, while his ability to instil respect towards his players is fundamental,” he added.

Zamorana, a former Blanco, is aware that Pellegrini will have a lot to live up especially after Madrid’s eternal enemies, Barcelona, waltz away with ‘el triplete’.

“This is a special time for the team [Madrid] because for years, they have not been able to obtain the expected successes and suddenly, their fierce rivals went on to win the treble,” he reasoned.

“The demands are going to be enormous but I hope Pellegrini can assume that responsibility.”

Meanwhile, AS is convinced that the Yellow Submarine man is the chosen one to lead the new galacticos dynasty after presidential favourite, Florentino Perez spoke to Cadena SER programme ‘El Larguero’ on Thursday night.

“Pellegrini is a magnificent coach. We are analysing different alternatives but until the season finishes, no one is going to get in contact with anyone else because we always have to be respectful,” Perez said.

“We should be able to solve this matter in the first few days of next week. It is an immediate issue.”

Pellegrini has so far refused to comment on any links to the Merengues as he focuses on a last-ditch effort to help Villarreal qualify for the Champions League. 

Perez is hotly tipped to return to the Bernabeu offices on Monday due to the non-existent competition in the presidential race and his first task will be to unveil a new coach.

KS Leong, Goal.com