Benitez is sacked - here is Real Madrid's new manager
Rafael Benitez (55) is being replaced as manager for the Spanish football club Real Madrid, by Zinedine Zidane, the club confirmed at a press conference Monday.
Both AS and Marca reported the club's decision earlier on Monday, before Real Madrid officially confirmed that Benitez was finished as manager. The decision was taken at a board meeting on Monday afternoon.
- It has been a difficult decision. Especially for me, said Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez.
A number of poor results has led to Benitez having problems with the team's star-player group. On Sunday the team played 2-2 away against Valencia.
Zinedine Zidane takes over the responsibility at the Santiago Bernabéu. He comes from the job as coach for Real Madrid's reserve team. He becomes the eleventh manager with Pérez as president. The 68-year-old was elected president in 2000.
- He knows more than anyone else what is needed to lead Real Madrid. Zidane has throughout his career shown that he can cope with major challenges. Zinedine, this is your club, your stadium and you have all our support. You are from this moment the manager of Real Madrid. The word "impossible" does not exist for you, said Perez.
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