Rafael Benitez has been sacked as manager of Real Madrid after just seven months in charge at the Bernabeu. The 55-year-old Spaniard was relieved of his duties following a meeting of the club’s board yesterday.
Real’s B team coach Zinedine Zidane, 43, has been promoted to the role of first-team boss.
Frenchman Zidane, a former Real player and World Cup winner, said: “I am going to put my heart and soul into this job so that everything works out well.”
Zinedine Zidane is the first French manager in Real Madrid’s history.
For a man with no experience of managing at the top level, Zidane’s appointment could be considered a risk – but he has long been seen as a future Real boss.
Zidane has been coach of Real’s B team – who are second in the Spanish third tier – since 2014. Prior to that he was an integral member of the backroom staff under then Real boss Carlo Ancelotti, who led the side to ‘La Decima’ – the club’s 10th European Cup.