Real Madrid have sacked manager Rafael Benitez with immediate effect following a meeting with the board of directors, BBC reports. Real’s B team boss Zinedine Zidane will take over as head coach.
“I am going to put my heart and soul into this job so that everything works out well,” said Zidane, a legend at Real Madrid and a World Cup winner.
Zidane is 11th manager to be appointed for Real Madrid in the 12 years of Florentino Perez’s president spell at the club.
Speaking at a news conference on Monday, he said: “Let me make clear that this is a great professional and a great person. I want to acknowledge the dedication of Benitez during his time as coach of Real Madrid.”
Unfortunately, Rafael Benitez wasn’t given any reason by the club following his sacking. His last game saw Real Madrid and Valencia in a tight 2-2 draw at the Mestalla. The two points dropped took Real to third place in the table with Atletico Madrid 4 points adrift at the top of the table.
Media have reported a variety of reasons that led to the sack. Benitez was not a popular man after his poor run of results early on as manager. Benitez has also been criticized heavily for his defensive strategies and all hell broke loose when Real lost 4-0 to Barcelona.
The Independent has reported earlier a fallout with Cristiano Ronaldo, and this could have possibly added fuel to the fire.
As far as Zidane is concerned, he takes over as a first team coach for this first career. He has only been the B team coach and was a successful deputy to Carlo Ancelotti when Real won the “La Decima” defeating Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final in 2014.
Zidane could be a risk as a first team manager, but he was always destined to take up the role somewhere in the future.