Benitez Fired; Zidane Appointed Real Madrid Coach

Benitez Fired; Zidane Appointed Real Madrid Coach

Real Madrid has announced sack of coach Rafa Benitez, and also informed the world that former player Zinedine Zidane, will take over in the interim.

The announcement came at the press conference at the Calle Padre Damián at Santiago Bernabéu at 7.30 CET, with Florentino announcing the decision of the Club’s directors to part ways with Benitez.

Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid club president, Florentino Perez

Zinedine Zidane will now take charge of the team, where he played for long years.

Zidane, now coach of the B team, won La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles as a player with Real Madrid.

Real are third in the standings, four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, after suffering three league defeats this season, including a 4-0 home loss to arch-rivals Barcelona.

The club were also booted out of Copa del Rey after Benitez committed the error of fielding an unqualified Russian player, Denis Cheryshev.

Benitez, the former Liverpool, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Napoli manager, replaced Italian Carlo Ancelotti in June.

Real have been European champions 10 times and are the most valuable club in the world according to Forbes magazine.

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