Keylor Navas’ coach at Real Madrid sacked, Spanish media report

January 4, 2016

MADRID – Beleaguered Real Madrid coach Rafael Benítez was fired by the Spanish giants Monday evening after just seven months in charge, Spanish media outlets reported.

Sports daily Marca reported that Benítez would be replaced by French legend and club reserve team coach Zinedine Zidane.

Madrid twice threw away the lead in drawing 2-2 away to Valencia on Sunday to leave Benítez’s men four points adrift of local rivals Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.

They also trail eternal rivals Barcelona by two points having played a game more.

The appointment of the former Liverpool and Chelsea manager in June wasn’t a popular one with either fans or the club’s star players, who had voiced their desire for his sacked predecessor Carlo Ancelotti to stay.

A run of three league defeats in five games in November and December, including a 4-0 thrashing at home to Barcelona, wiped away the early credit Benítez had gained with an unbeaten 14-game run to start his reign.

Further embarrassment was to follow when Madrid were thrown out of the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player last month.

Benítez’s relationship with the dressing room has also failed to improve with key players such as Karim Benzema and James Rodríguez often showing their disgust at being substituted.

And captain Sergio Ramos failed to offer a strong sign of support for Benítez when given the chance after the Valencia game.

“His future doesn’t depend on us,” said the Spanish international. “Whoever the coach is he will always have the confidence of the players. Whether it is Rafa or anyone else.”

You may be interested

5 questions for Costa Rican musician Debi Nova
Weekend Arts Spotlight
145 views
Weekend Arts Spotlight
145 views

5 questions for Costa Rican musician Debi Nova

Elizabeth Lang - February 17, 2018

Music as a way of life, a career, and a path toward achieving big dreams: that's what drives the Costa…

What to do in Costa Rica: concerts, culture and love around the country
Events
223 views
Events
223 views

What to do in Costa Rica: concerts, culture and love around the country

Elizabeth Lang - February 16, 2018

With Valentine’s Day just behind us, it’s time to celebrate love in all of its expressions, as well as Costa…

Waiting for the weekend
Tico Times Pic of the Day
193 views
Tico Times Pic of the Day
193 views

Waiting for the weekend

The Tico Times - February 16, 2018

It's Friday and this Aracari bird knows it! While appreciating the sunrise at the Caribbean side of the country, the…