Real Madrid sack Benitez and appoint Zidane


The former Liverpool manager has been relieved of his duties at the Santiago Bernabeu after slipping four points behind city rivals Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga Real Madrid have sacked Rafa Benitez and named Zinedine Zidane as his replacement.

The 32-time Spanish champions fell four points behind Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga after a 2-2 draw against Valencia on Sunday and Benitez was dismissed following a board meeting held on Monday afternoon.

Club legend Zidane, who has until this point managed Madrid’s ‘B’ team, has long been linked with the top job and will now take charge. Real president Florentino Perez said:

“I am here to say that the board has just decided, in a difficult decision, especially for me, to end the contract of Rafa as first-team coach.

“I would like to make it clear that he is a great professional. “Zinedine Zidane knows better than anyone what it is like to stand at the front and lead Real Madrid.

Throughout his career he has always been able to face up to huge challenges.

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