Real Madrid Sack Julen Lopetegui After Barcelona Defeat
Real Madrid have sacked Julen Lopetegui as manager after four and a half months in charge at the Bernabeu.
Lopetegui succeeded Zinedine Zidane in June but the crushing 5-1 El Clasico defeat by Barcelona on Sunday was their fifth loss in six games. Real, are currently ninth in La Liga after their worst start since 2001-02.
The 52-year-old will be “provisionally replaced” by ex-player Santiago Solari, coach of B team Castilla.
Lopetegui took a training session on Monday but his fate was confirmed following a board meeting.
A club statement said “there is a great disproportion between the quality of the staff of Real Madrid” and “the results obtained to date”.
Eight of the current Real squad are on the 30-man shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d’Or.
This is the second time Lopetegui has been sacked this year having been dismissed by Spain two days before the World Cup.
That sacking came after it emerged the Spanish football federation was unaware he was in talks to take the Real job after the tournament.
Solari has a favourable run of fixtures for the start of his tenure, beginning with a Spanish Cup match against Segunda Division B Group 4 side Melilla on Wednesday.