Gone in 139 days! Real Madrid boss Lopetegui gets sacked

Oct 31, 2018, 09:43 IST | AFP

Real Madrid sack manager Julen Lopetegui over poor results after just 139 days in charge; Santiago Solari named interim coach

Gone in 139 days! Real Madrid boss Lopetegui gets sacked
Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari

Real Madrid have sacked their coach Julen Lopetegui after just 139 days in charge, the club confirmed on Monday. Lopetegui was appointed in June but five defeats in seven games, the last of them a 5-1 thrashing by Barcelona on Sunday, have convinced Madrid to make a change. Santiago Solari, the club's B team coach, has been put in temporary charge.

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. 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."

Solari will lead the first team from Tuesday and is expected to be in charge for the Copa del Rey game against Melilla today. The Argentine could also remain in the post for Saturday's La Liga match at home against Real Valladolid. Lopetegui's time at Real Madrid lasted just 139 days, with his decision to join the club costing him his job as Spain manager.

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