Real Madrid officially announced the sacking of Julen Lopetegui on Monday with a record of 6-2-6 placing them in 9th place in La Liga. The news had been expected, especially after the 5-1 drubbing at the hands of their arch rivals Barcelona. The decision was released to the public and press following a meeting of the board of directors in Madrid.
Madrid’s statement on Lopetegui, “”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”
Interim coach Santiago Solari is expected to oversee the match against Melilla in the Copa Del Rey, while the board searches for an adequate replacement. Lopetegui was relieved of his coaching post with the Spanish national team just 2 days before the World Cup because it was leaked that he agreed a 3-year contract with Madrid that lasted just over 3 months.