Few European soccer clubs lose their patience with managers faster than Real Madrid. And on Monday, Los Blancos decided it had enough of another one, firing Rafa Benitez just seven months into his tenure. Real Madrid, sputtering in third place behind Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, announced that Benitez would be replaced by former playing great Zinedine Zidane. He will be Real’s ninth manager in 10 years. The switch was confirmed at a hastily called press conference in Madrid by club president Florentino Perez after a meeting of the club’s board.
Thousands of Real Madrid supporters applauded Zinedine Zidane at the Valdebebas training ground as he put his players through their paces for the first time since being appointed manager until at least the end of the season. The 43-year-old was announced as Rafa Benitez's replacement on Monday in a decision which has ignited excitement among fans.
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The club sacked Rafa Benitez yesterday and appointed legendary player and former Castilla boss Zinedine Zidane. But according to Calderon, Real offered the job to Mourinho first and had to settle for Zidane once the former Chelsea boss rejected their offer.
Simeone was disappointed to see Benitez removed and wished him well, while also congratulating successor Zinedine Zidane on his rise to the top job. "Whenever a fellow coach is sacked it is not good for any of us, it hurts," he said. "You just have to accept it because it is part of the game. I wish all the best to the coach coming in and every strength to the coach on his way out."
Gareth Bale is among a group of Real Madrid players who are upset that Rafael Benitez has been sacked, according to Sky sources. Benitez was fired on Monday evening, with Zinedine Zidane immediately installed as his replacement on a two-and-a-half year contract. Bale is said to be 'devastated' and is seeking reassurances about where he figures in Zidane's plans for the team.
Getafe produced an impressive comeback to defeat relegation rivals Sporting Gijon in La Liga. Getafe secured their first away victory in La Liga this season by scoring twice in two second-half minutes to win 2-1 at Sporting Gijon on Monday.