Rafael Benitez has been sacked as manager of Real Madrid after just seven months in charge, with club legend Zinedine Zidane replacing him.
Real B team coach Zidane has been promoted to first-team boss. The forty-three-year-old Frenchman, who is a former Real player and World Cup winner, says he is going to put his heart and soul into this job so that everything works out well.
Benitez’s final game was Sunday’s two-two draw with Valencia, which left them third in La Liga, four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. Zidane is the eleventh coach to be appointed in Florentino Perez’s twelve years as club president across two spells. The length of his contract has not been made public. His first match in charge will be Saturday’s home La Liga game against Deportivo la Coruna.