La Liga : Zinedine Zidane new Real Madrid Manager
The former Liverpool manager has finally been let go at the Bernabéu despite a creditable point against Valencia but the decision had been looming for some time.
Benítez’s time at the helm of the club that groomed him as both a player and a coach has looked like it would come to an end sooner than later.
He was not welcome back in Madrid. On Tuesday Madrid will hold their annual open-doors training session, attended by supporters. Benítez could well have faced more abuse there but as it turns out, he will not be there at all. By Monday evening the inevitable had finally happened: Benítez was no longer manager of Real Madrid. The surprise was that it had taken this long and that a draw, not a defeat, had been enough for them to end it. Barely a week after Florentino Pérez insisted that Benítez would not be sacked, he was sacked. The contrast with the night before was eloquent.
The banner was unfurled four minutes into the game and it was huge, stretching all the way along the stand on Calle Doctor Juan Reglá, big black letters on a white sheet. Rafael Benítez’s face was drawn at one end, smiling. “Rafa,” the message said, “you gave us the best days of our lives. Thank you.” As the fans held it up, they chanted his name and briefly he raised his hand. The supporters were on his side this time; the problem was that they were not Real Madrid’s fans; they were Valencia’s. Whistled at the Santiago Bernabéu, he was welcomed at Mestalla.
Alongside the banner on Sunday was a picture of the two league titles and the Uefa Cup Valencia won in three years under Benítez. They had not previously won the league in 31 years and they have not won it in the decade since. A lot has happened here since he left for Liverpool.
has become the manager of Real Madrid after the club’s president, Florentino Pérez, announced the sacking of Rafael Benítez at the Bernabéu on Monday night after exactly seven months in charge. The decision to replace Benítez has left Gareth Bale very unhappy and the Welshman may consider his options in the summer.
“We have taken a difficult decision, especially for me, to resolve Rafa Benítez’s contract,” Pérez said on Monday. “He is a great professional and a magnificent person and we wish to express our gratitude for the work he has done over these months.”