Madrid: Real Madrid re-appointed Zinedine Zidane as the coach of Real Madrid on Monday and also announced the sacking of Santiago Solari, under whom Madrid have lost their footing in all competitions.
Multiple media reports had earlier stated that Real Madrid will make the sensational development and the club announced the same on Monday.
“The Board of Directors of Real Madrid, meeting today, Monday, March 11, 2019, has decided to terminate the contract that linked Santiago Solari with the club as coach of the first team and, at the same time, Real Madrid has offered to continue belonging to the club.
Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown to this house,” Real Madrid said in their media release.
“The Board of Directors has also agreed the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of Real Madrid with immediate incorporation for the remainder of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022.
“The president of Real Madrid will appear today [Monday] with Zinedine Zidane before the media at 8:00 pm in the press room of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium,” the release further stated.
Zidane won an unprecedented three consecutive Champions League titles with Real before resigning in May last year. Madrid’s entire season has collapsed in the space of a week, with double Clasico defeats by Barcelona knocking them out of the Copa del Rey and leaving them 12 points adrift in La Liga. Real were also eliminated from the Champions League last Tuesday in the last 16 by Ajax Amsterdam.
Former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui replaced Zidane but was sacked in October with Solari taking the reins at the Santiago Bernabeu, but is set to be ousted himself later on Monday.
Zidane, who took over in January 2016, won the Champions League that season, before claiming a La Liga and European Cup double in 2017.
Five days after a third victory in last season’s Champions League final over Liverpool, the French coach and former Real Madrid midfielder decided to walk away, saying it was the right moment to depart.
The 46-year-old won nine trophies at Madrid and was considered a hero by supporters after managing them in one of the club’s most successful eras.
Zidane’s job at Madrid now will be to keep them in the top four to ensure they qualify for the Champions League next season. Real are third with 11 games to play and 10 points ahead of fifth place.
Solari enjoyed a 4-1 win at Real Valladolid on Sunday in what appears to have been his final stand as Madrid coach.