Benitez Sacked, Real Madrid appoint Zidane as new manager

Real Madrid sacked manager Rafa Benitez following the 2-2 draw at Valencia and club legend Zinedine Zidane will replace the Spaniard until the end of the campaign.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss remained in charge at Santiago Bernebeu for just seven months replacing Carlo Ancelotti at the begining of current season.

Rafa’s position at Bernebeu following the 2-2 draw against Valencia on Sunday and the club president Florentino Perez has called a board meeting on Monday afternoon which was followed by a press conference at 4.30pm to announce the verdict.

Zinedine Zidane was currently coaching Madrid’s reserve side and will be handed the responsibilities of the first team with Santi Solari joining him as his assistant.

The French World Cup winner was Ancelotti’s assistant during the 2013-2014 season, when Madrid won their tenth Champions League title as well as the Copa del Rey.

As a player, he enjoyed a successful five spell between 2001 and 2006, winning the Champions League in his debut season at the Santiago Bernabeu, as well one La Liga title.

Real Madrid have failed to win all of their big away games so far this season as they were beaten by Villarreal, Sevilla and Barcelona, while Atletico Madrid, Valencia and PSG have taken a point.

There were also various reports in the media suggesting that the general feeling in the dressing room is not all that good with most of the senior players unhappy with Rafa’s training and playing methods.

A sections of the fans are also calling out to sack the the 55-year-old coach and they let their feelings known by booing him during Wednesday’s clash with Real Sociedad.

He is also being heavily criticized for his extreme defensive style of football and it is almost certain that Benitez doesn’t have the confidence of the board or Perez.

The Sunday’s draw at Valencia might be the last nail on his coffin as Real Madrid sit third in La Liga table, four points behind cross-town rivals Atletico and two points behind Barca, who has a game in hand.