Real Madrid have fired coach Julen Lopetegui after the club’s humiliating 5-1 defeat at Barcelona saw them slump to ninth in La Liga.
Lopetegui took over in July in hugely controversial circumstances, a day before Spain’s World Cup campaign got underway against Portugal. He was fired by Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales and immediately took over at the Bernabeu.
After a run of poor form that Lopetegui couldn’t turn around, which saw Madrid slide down the table, Florentino Perez took the decision to dispense with his new hire after less than four months at the helm.
Santiago Solari, a former winger for the club and currently the B team coach, will step in as interim head coach as the club considers its long-term options.
A statement released on Monday night read: “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.