La Liga giants, Real Madrid have confirmed the sacking of head coach Julen Lopetegui.
President Florentino Perez called an emergency meeting with his board for Monday evening after yesterday’s 5-1 defeat at Barcelona at Camp Nou.
Castilla coach Santiago Solari will take over on an interim basis.
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A statement on Real Madrid’s website reads:
The Board of Directors of Real Madrid CF, meeting today October 29, 2018, has agreed to terminate the contract that linked coach Julen Lopetegui with the club.
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 8 players nominated for the next Golden Ball, 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 wishes them the best in their professional career.
It will be provisionally replaced by Santiago Solari, who will lead the first team starting tomorrow, Tuesday.