It will be official in a few minutes, when Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez will appear in a very crowded press room at the Santiago Bernabéu: Rafa Benitez is sacked.
The adventure in his home-town club lasted only 7 months for the ex Chelsea boss.
Benitez failed to bring back Real Madrid to dominate the Spanish football and league: the Chamartín club is third in the table with 37 points, only 4 behind the leaders – Atletico Madrid- and 2 behind the Champions of Europe, Barcelona.
It is believed that Benitez lost control of the dressing room and last night the team drew 2-2 against Gary Neville’s side, Valencia, at Estadio de Mestalla, losing the chance to reach Barcelona at the second place in the table.
A result that was fatal for Benitez’s job.
Now ex Real Madrid star Zinedine Zidane is ready to take over as a caretaker until June.
It seems unlikely that former Chelsea boss José Mourinho could go back to Real Madrid, where he was in charge from 2010 to 2013: the Portuguese coach didn’t have the best of the experiences in the Spanish capital, expecially in his last year there, and always expressed the wish to continue to manage in the Premier League after his Chelsea’s latest adventure.
In some minutes Perez will give us more details on this decision.