Real Madrid announced on Tuesday, November 13 the appointment of interim manager Santiago Solari as the permanent coach. He signed a contract with the club to run till 2021.
Solari, 42, who had been coaching the club’s Castilla youth side, stepped up when Julen Lopetegui was sacked after the 5:1 Clasico defeat at Barcelona in October, 2018.
There have been reports that Solari could take over on a permanent basis at Madrid with league rules mandating that an interim coach can only take the team for a maximum two week period.
Madrid who were on a scoring hiatus under Lopetegui, netting just five goals in the former Spain manager’s last eight games in charge, have scored 14 goals in just four matches since Solari took over on an interim basis.
Lopetegui who lasted just 14 games as Madrid coach, after being appointed as Zinedine Zidane’s successor last summer was sacked by Real president Florentino Perez after the Barcelona game.
With victories against Melilla (4:0), Valladolid (2:0), Viktoria Plzen (5:0) and Celta Vigo (4:2), Solari has statistically had the best start of any new manager in Madrid’s entire history, leading to his appointment to the job long term.
Madrid are now sixth in a very tight La Liga table, just four points behind leaders Barcelona, who were surprisingly beaten 4:3 by Real Betis at the Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon, November 11, 2018.
The Champions League winners of the last three seasons are joint top in their UCL group G with Serie A side Roma, who they visit next time out on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
Solari made his professional debut as a player with River Plate in 1996 before leaving his native Argentina in in 1999 to play for Atletico Madrid and then Real Madrid, where he won seven titles in five seasons from 2000-2005.