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Real Madrid sack Julen Lopetegui, name interim replacement

European champions Real Madrid have sacked manager Julen Lopetegui, just a day after the club were humiliated in a 5-1 thumping byarch rivals Barcelona in the El-classico on Sunday.

Former Real Madrid player Santiago Solari, who according to reports is the prime candidate to replace Lopetegui has been appointed as the interim boss at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Under the charges of the 52-year-old former Spain boss, Madrid have failed to win in La-Liga since beating Espanyol on September 22, losing to Sevilla, Alaves, Levante and drawing with their city rivals Atletico Madrid.

 

Announcing his sacking on Monday night, Real Madrid said: "This decision aims to change the dynamics of the first team, when all the objectives of this season are still achievable.

"The Board of Directors understands that there is great disproportion between the quality of the staff of Real Madrid and the results obtained to date. The club thanks Julen Lopetegui and all his technical team for their effort and work and wishes them the best in their professional career."

Lopetegui arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer, just day to the kickoff of the World Cup in Russia, dumping the Spain national team job for the lucrative deal at Madrid but his tenure has lasted only 14 matches.

The former FC Porto gaffer took charge of the club from Zinedine Zidane following his shocking resignation in late May. Zidane stepped down after setting the bar very high when he won three Champions League consecutive titles.

Meanwhile, interim coach Solari, aged 42, is a former Argentina midfielder who featured for Real Madrid in the early 2000s and helped the team win the Champions League in 2002. He also played for Atletico Madrid as well as Inter Milan, and had been coaching Real Madrid B since 2016, taking over from Zidane who had left to coach the senior team.

In a similar vein, former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who was sacked by the Blues in July is also said to be a major contender for the job. 

By Robert K James 

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