Spanish giants Real Madrid have fired their manager Julen Lopetegui after a string of bad results that culminated in an embarrassing 5-1 loss to Barcelona
The Spanish coach only took over in the summer after leaving the Spain job and after an initially impressive start, things started to go awry and soon Madrid were unable to win games.
Madrid temporarily put Santiago Solari in charge.
Solari was managing the Real Castilla side and has now followed in the steps of Zinedine Zidane who also made a similar step up.
The Los Blancos released a statement confirming the termination of Lopetegui’s contract
“The board of directors of Real Madrid CF, after meeting today on October 29, 2018, have agreed to terminate Julen Lopetegui’s contract with the club.
“The decision, taken with the highest level of responsibility, aims to change the dynamics of the first team while 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 Ballon d’Or, something unprecedented in the history of the club – and the results obtained to date.
“The club thanks Julen Lopetegui and all his technical team for their effort and work and wish them the best in their professional career.
“He will provisionally replaced by Santiago Solari, who will lead the first team starting from Tuesday.”