Santiago Solari handed Real Madrid manager contract till 2021

first_imgSantiago Solari has made the progress from an interim manager to being the permanent coach as Real Madrid handed the former Castilla coach a contract till June 2021, the club announced in a statement on Tuesday.Solari was brought in as interim coach after Real Madrid sacked former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui after just 140 days in charge of the club.Under Lopetegui, Real won four and lost four matches in the La Liga and drew two. In the Champions League, they won two and lost one. The poor form culminated into a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of rivals Barcelona in El Clasico, after which Florentino Perez had had enough.After the 42-year Argentine Solari took over, Real Madrid have got four wins in as many matches. Solari has enjoyed the best start of any coach in the club’s history and his appointment as permanent manager was approved by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) on Monday.Solari played for Real from 2000 to 2005 in the Galacticos era alongside Zinedine Zidane, who was the club’s coach and won three Champions League titles in a row before stepping down.Solari led Real’s reserve team from 2016 until he took over from Lopetegui last month, who only managed 14 games at Real, the second least since Jose Antonio Camacho in 2004, who managed six games.Lopetegui, therefore, became the coach to serve the least amount of time as Real coach since the turn of the millennium. Vicente Del Bosque served the most with 1,315 days to his name. The closest to Lopetgui in terms of least days served is Juande Ramos, who served as Real coach from 2008 to 2009. He was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini, who served a year from 2009 to 2010.advertisementSolari, on the other hand, has presided over victories against Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League plus Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga.Lopetegui was sacked after Madrid sank to ninth in the domestic standings. However, after Sunday’s 4-2 win at Celta, the club are sixth, four points behind leaders Barca.(With Reuters inputs)Also watch –last_img

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