Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that Julen Lopetegui has been dismissed as manager of Real Madrid only 138 days into the job that cost him his chance to lead Spain into the World Cup.
Lopetegui was sacked by the Spanish Football Federation in June after the RFEF president Luis Rubiales claimed to have found out just five minutes before the appointment was made public and two days before the tournament began; now he has been sacked by Madrid in the wake of their 5-1 hammering at the hands of Barcelona on Sunday afternoon.
That defeat was Madrid’s third in a row in La Liga. The midfielder Casemiro called the team a “disaster” and described the defeat as the “image of our season”. Madrid had previously gone eight hours without scoring, just 12 minutes short of their worst-ever run, and they have lost five and won only one of their last seven matches – an unconvincing 2-1 victory over Czech side Viktoria Plzen that ended with supporters whistling to show their dissatisfaction. Defeated in the European Super Cup on his competitive debut, Lopetegui has lost as many games as he has won in all competitions: six of 14.
NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that On Sunday, Lopetegui insisted that he had the “strength” to carry on but the decision was not his. Madrid currently sit ninth in the table and the club released a statement on Monday evening confirming that they had unilaterally released the coach, who has now been sacked from the two biggest jobs in Spain in just four months. There was no press conference or appearance from the president to explain the decision.
“The board understands that there is a great difference between the quality of the Real Madrid squad, that has eight players nominated for the Balon d’Or, unprecedented in the history of the club, and the results achieved until now,” read a club statement. “We are grateful to Lopetegui and his staff and wish them the best in their professional career.”
Meanwhile, Real Madrid defender and Captain, Sergio Ramos has warned ex Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, that he cannot immediately command respect from Madrid players if he replaces Julen Lopetegui as manager.
Madrid have now lost five of their last seven games in all competitions, and reports have it that Conte will take over the management after the Italian reached an agreement over his contract payoff with Chelsea earlier last week.
But when asked if he feels an imposing coach like Conte is required at Madrid, Metro UK quoted Ramos as saying,
“Respect is earned, it is not imposed. Neither a name nor another.
“We have won everything with coaches that you already know, in the end the management of the players is more important than the technical knowledge of a coach.”