BREAKING: REAL MADRID FIRES LOPETEGUI AS COACH

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Lupen Lopetegui has been sacked as manager of Real Madrid after a four and half months spell at the club.

According to a statement from the club, former player and Real Madrid B team coach, Santiago Solari will "provisionally replaced" him.

Lopetegui, 52, succeeded Zinedine Zidane in June, after the Frenchman resigned surprisingly from the job. Lopetegui was fired by the Spanish FA as Spanish coach 24 hours to the kick off of the FIFA world cup, due to reports that he had signed a contract with Real Madrid.

He led the club to their worst league performance since 2001. Real suffered a 1-5 trashing from arch rivals Barcelona on Sunday, prompting a board meeting that led to his sack. Real is currently in ninth position on the league table.

"There is a great disproportion between the quality of the staff of Real Madrid" and "the results obtained to date", according to a statement from the club.

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