Zinedine Zidane rejected an approach to take over as head coach of the US Soccer Federation US Men’s National Teamsources told ESPN.
Zidane was asked through his agent, Alain Migliaccio, whether he would like to play in the U.S. Would be interested in replacing Greg Berhalter on the bench, to which the Frenchman politely declined.
The 1998 World Cup winner, who turned 50 last June, has been without a club since the end of his second spell in charge real Madrid in the summer of 2021, but has his eyes firmly set on France job at some point.
with Saturday’s announcement Didier Deschamps’ contract as France coach has been extended until 2026Zidane will have to wait a few more years and can take a job in the meantime.
Berhalter’s contract as USMNT coach expires on December 31 with the federation announcement this week that assistant coach Anthony Hudson will take charge for the friendly against Serbia January 25 in Los Angeles and against Colombia Three days later in Carson, California.
As well as reviewing the USMNT program after the 2022 World Cup, US Soccer has launched an investigation into a domestic violence incident from 1991 involving Berhalter and his now-wife Rosalind.
berhalter issued a statement on Tuesday Revealing that he kicked his longtime partner during an argument when they were dating.
US Soccer’s sports director Ernie Stewart, speaking at a news conference this week, allowed for the possibility that Berhalter could be fired as coach at the conclusion of an outside law firm investigation and following US Soccer’s own internal review of the men’s program. I can be hired again.
“It’s about being able to take that next step and that next step is to do something no American team has ever done and get to the semifinals and see what happens from there,” he said. said during a guest appearance on “The New World”. Off Work,” is an online streaming show produced by Harvard Business Review.
“So, there are a lot of big challenges involved,” Berhalter said. “Of course, I would like to continue in my role.”
The US will co-host the 2026 World Cup with Canada and Mexico.