Julen Lopetegui Sacked as Real Madrid Coach

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The former Spain boss ‘Julen Lopetegui’ was dismissed as Real Madrid manager after four and a half months in charge at the Bernabeu.

Lopetegui was appointed as Real Madrid manager in June but five defeats in seven games, the last of them a 5-1 thrashing by Barcelona on Sunday been 28th Oct 2018, have convinced Madrid to make a change.

Lopetegui took a training session on Monday but his fate was confirmed following a board meeting.

The decision was announced following a meeting of Madrid’s board of directors on Monday night.

A club statement read: “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.

Madrid released a statement to confirm Lopetegui’s exit in which they appeared to criticise the former Spain boss for failing to make the most of a talented squad, saying “there is a great disproportion between the quality of the squad, which has eight players nominated for the Ballon d’Or, and the results obtained so far [this season]”.

Santiago Solari, the club’s B team coach, has been put in temporary charge.

Solari will lead the first team from Tuesday and is expected to be in charge for the Copa del Rey game against Melilla on Wednesday.

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

Lopetegui’s time as coach of Real Madrid lasted just 139 days, with his decision to join the club also costing him his job as Spain boss at last summer’s World Cup.

The favourite to replace Lopetegui in recent weeks had been former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who has been out of management since being dismissed by the Blues in July after finishing fifth last season, although early talks have not gone smoothly, according to reports.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and former Madrid midfielder Guti have also been linked with the position.

Real Madrid will have just two weeks to name a permanent manager, though, due to La Liga rules.

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