Real Madrid Sack Coach Lopetegui

Julen Lopetegui’s brief and inglorious reign as Real Madrid coach lasted just 139 days after the club confirmed his sack on Monday.

Former Spain coach Lopetegui was dismissed following a meeting of the board of directors, who concluded there had been a “great disproportion between the quality of the staff of Real Madrid…and the results obtained to date”.

Santiago Solari, the club’s former midfielder and B team coach, has been put in temporary charge and is now expected to lead Real for their Copa del Rey game against minnows Melilla on Wednesday.

The Argentinian could also remain in post for Saturday’s La Liga match at home to Real Valladolid.

The Clasico humiliation as Madrid were hammered 5-1 by rivals Barcelona on Sunday proved the final nail in LOpetegui’s coffin.

It was their fifth defeat in seven games and, seemingly, convinced president Florentino Perez that change was required.

“This decision, adopted from the highest level of responsibility, aims to change the dynamics of the first team, when all the objectives of this season are still achievable,” a club statement read on Monday.

“The Board of Directors understands that there is a great disproportion between the quality of the staff of Real Madrid, which has eight players nominated for the next Golden Ball, something unprecedented in the history of the club, and the results obtained to date.”

Antonio Conte is the early favourite but initial talks have not gone smoothly, according to reports in the Spanish press. Others linked with the post include Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and former Real Madrid midfielder, Guti.

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