Real Madrid announced on Monday that they have sacked their manager Julen Lopetegui months after appointing him in the season. The Spaniard succeeded the French manager Zinedine Zidane in June this year, after his excellent show with the Spanish national team.
Lopetegui has failed to win in the league since Real defeated Espanyol on September 22, losing to Sevilla, Alaves, Levante and drawing with Atletico Madrid.
After five losses in six games, the Spaniard has received the axe with the El Clasico being his last as Los Blancos manager. Real Madrid currently sits ninth on the La Liga table, which is their worst start since the season of 2001-02. loss against Barcelona in the
The 52-year-old Lopetegui is being currently replaced by ex-player Santiago Solari, coach of B team Castilla.
The Club issued its statement:
BREAKING: @realmadrid have sacked manager Julen Lopetegui.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 29, 2018
“The board understands that there is a great difference between the quality of the Real Madrid squad and the results achieved until now,” read the club statement.
Further, it added, “We are grateful to Lopetegui and his staff and wish them the best in their professional career.”
Earlier in the year, Lopetegui was sacked as the Spanish manager after secretively agreeing to a contract with Real Madrid. In the 14 matches that the Spaniard has coached, the Los Blancos have won six and lost six, with two draws.
A win rate of 43% never did justice to what the Spaniard did with the national team and has to ponder on his decision that he took in the summer.
Real Madrid in search of replacement – Antoine Conte?
Reports in Spain suggest that former Chelsea manager Antoine Conte would take over the Spaniard after the Italian flew back to London earlier in the day. Real are next in action against third-tier side Melilla in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday before they return to the league with a visit from in-form Real Valladolid.
It would be interesting to see if Real Madrid indeed appoint the Italian in charge of the team, with Sergio Ramos earlier raising an issue or two. Ramos indicated that respect should be won in the dressing room, and not forced by a manager which he fears will come alongside Conte.