Jose Mourinho seemingly has become a persona non grata in the all the clubs he managed and maybe beyond. Zinedine Zidane\u2019s re-appointment as the Real Madrid manager further attested Mourinho\u2019s slip down the managerial pecking order, with regards to the elite clubs in Europe. Santiago Solari\u2019s position as the Real Madrid boss became untenable following a 4-1 hiding at the hands of Ajax in the Champions League pre-quarterfinals at the Bernabeu. Mourinho had been tipped to make a grand return, but the 13-time European champions chose Zidane instead. Player power prevented Mourinho\u2019s return to Madrid. The Portuguese is now a TV pundit after being sacked by Manchester United in December. Of late he had been waxing eloquent about his former Spanish club. For a yesterday\u2019s man like him, it was understandable that he still reveled in his \u2018100-point\u2019 La Liga glory with Real Madrid in 2011-12. After that, as is his wont, Mourinho had spectacularly fallen out with the club icons like Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos during his third season in charge. The latter is a reason why Mourinho wasn\u2019t offered the job this time. Ramos still bears a grudge against the self-styled special one. \u201cThe dressing-room leaders pushed to reject the possibility of Jose Mourinho. He left a lot of problems and I think he would have been another problem to the ones we already have if he had come. \u201cI 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\u2019t like him and I think that was important in the decision-making,\u201d former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon told Sky Sports. Over to Zidane, who had left the club just nine months ago, much to the players\u2019 chagrin. \u201cThe players loved him and he was able to change the ideas of coaches like Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho who managed with a strong hand. And of course he is an idol with the fans; playing for the club as well as managing them to three Champions League trophies in a row,\u201d Calderon said. Grapevine had it that the club president Florentino Perez didn\u2019t agree with Zidane\u2019s transfer demands and also the club\u2019s decision to offload Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. Madrid presidents are not used to face opposition from the club managers. No wonder that Perez had refused to walk the extra mile to retain Zidane, notwithstanding the latter\u2019s status as a club legend and also that he guided Madrid to three successive Champions League titles as the manager. A season of upheaval has somewhat forced the recall. The season started with Julen Lopetegui becoming the Madrid manager at the expense of his Spanish national team job. It all happened during the World Cup. Lopetegui preferred Madrid over Spain but the move spectacularly backfired. He got the boot only after four-and-a-half months in charge. A 5-1 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona proved to be the final straw. Solari came, but he was always going to be a stopgap in a team of the galacticos. The Madrid managerial job demands strong characters, who unlike Mourinho would be adept at man-management. Zidane perfectly ticks the box. The Spanish press has reported that Zidane will be given unprecedented power this time. \u201cThe incoming boss has also been assured that he will be fully in charge of every aspect of the running of the team, including signings,\u201d AS wrote. \u201cZidane is back at Real Madrid with carte blanche to renew the squad,\u201d El Pais mentioned. The new boss has been promised three superstar signings in the summer and the Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe reportedly tops the list. The club president has already spoken about the French connection. \u201cHe (Zidane) is French. Perhaps he can do something (with regards to Mbappe\u2019s arrival),\u201d Perez said tongue in cheek. Neymar, too, is said to be on the radar, plus Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba. Zidane admires Hazard, which is bad news for Chelsea. Some reports suggest, Zidane would be handed \u00a3300 million war chest to rebuild Madrid. Out of the Champions League and placed third in the La Liga, 12 points off table-toppers Barcelona after 27 matches, the ongoing season has become a write-off for Europe\u2019s most decorated club side. Under Zidane, they will go all out to annex their 14th Champions League title next term. \u201cI\u2019m looking forward to this second project, with the president, the club and the fans,\u201d Zidane said at a press conference, adding: \u201cIt\u2019s a great challenge, I know that. But I\u2019m really looking forward to it, to returning to coach. I want to work again and put this club back where it should be. The only thing for me is to start work tomorrow.\u201d During his first spell as the Real Madrid boss, Zidane had won nine trophies in two-and-a-half years. He is probably a guarantee to success.