Real Madrid eventually did the needful as they part ways with Julen Lopetegui after the heavy defeat against Barcelona in the weekend.
Julen saw his contract with Spain cut short just before the world cup for accepting and subsequently making public a Real Madrid deal while still on contract with Spain.
However, the 52 year old only seemed to last for a few months before receiving the marching orders from the club.
Real Madrid currently sit ninth in La Liga, seven points by league leaders Barcelona who thrashed the life off them in the weekend I’m a fixture which ended 5-1.
In the absence of Julen Lopetegui, Santiago Solari has been given the task of leading Los Blancos for the time being.
But it is expected to only be in an interim role, with a new manager to be announced in the next two weeks.
Antonio conte and Mauricio Pochettino are all possible candidates for the job but that is all left for the club to decide in the next few days.
Real Madrid legend Jorge Valdano replied to Julen Lopetegui’s sacking saying Gareth Bale is to blame for the El Clasico loss and subsequent sacking of Julen Lopetegui.
“We keep looking at Bale because of his price tag and that’s created this illusion he’s some sort of world superstar.”
“But the last five years aren’t reflective of what Madrid paid for him.”
“Bale was the one in charge of tracking Jordi Alba but after seven minutes his concentration was gone. Alba was on his own down that flank.”
“At the start of the game, the players respected the system and instructions.
“But then they do what comes naturally to them, as Bale did, and think they have the authority to do whatever they like.’’
In an official statement released by Real Madrid, it read :
The Real Madrid C.F. board of directors, which met today, 29 October 2018, has made the decision to terminate Julen Lopetegui’s contract as the club’s coach.
This decision, which was taken with the utmost responsibility, seeks to bring about a turnaround in the first-team’s fortunes at a time when all of this season’s targets are still achievable.
The board considers there to be a large disparity between the quality within the Real Madrid squad, which boasts eight nominees for the next Ballon d’Or award – an unprecedented number in the club’s history – and the team’s results to date.
The club places on record its thanks to Julen Lopetegui and all of his coaching staff for their efforts and work and wishes them all the best in their future careers.
Santiago Solari will take temporary charge of the team, assuming his role as first-team coach from tomorrow, Tuesday.
Julen Lopetegui’s managerial record at Real Madrid:
win rate – 42.86%