Real Madrid on the brink of handing hotseat to temporary boss Santiago Solari after winning first three games in charge
- Santiago Solari set to be named permanent head coach after impressive stint
- Solari was placed in temporary charge following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui
- Real Madrid have scored 11 goals and conceded none in his three ties in charge
Santiago Solari is close to be given the Real Madrid job until the end of the season after winning his first three games in charge with an aggregate score of 11-0.
The 42-year-old Argentine coach was put in temporary charge at the end of October after Julen Lopetegui’s sacking.
Spanish league rules mean the caretaker role can only last for two weeks when the club must either give him a permanent contract or appoint another manager.
Real Madrid are set to hand temporary coach Santiago Solari a deal to the end of the season
Solari has guided Real Madrid two three dominant wins since taking charge of the team
Results under Solari
Melilla 0-4 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 2-0 Vallodolid
Viktoria Pilsen 0-5 Real Madrid
It would now take a major slip up in Vigo on Sunday against Celta for him not to be given a permanent deal until the end of the season with the option of a further year.
Antonio Conte was Real Madrid’s first choice but his appointment was derailed by his demands for a two-and-a-half year contract, five assistants and a major say in transfers.
He was also not the choice of the dressing room although after the team had failed to win in five games the players’ opposition on its own would not have been enough to prevent him getting the job.
Madrid also made it clear they were interested in talking to former Everton and Wigan coach Roberto Martinez although they never reached the point of making a formal approach to his long-term advisor Chris Farnell nor the Belgian FA.
Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring in the 5-0 win over Viktoria Pilsen on Wednesday night
His use of summer signing Vinicius Junior (left) has pleased the Real Madrid hierarchy
Santiago Solari facts
1996–1998: River Plate
1999–2000: Atletico Madrid
2000–2005: Real Madrid
2005–2008: Inter Milan
2008–2009: San Lorenzo
2013–2016: Real Madrid (youth)
2016–2018: Real Madrid B
2018–Current: Real Madrid (caretaker)
The 45-year-old, who has a contract until 2020, is still a potential target and long-term the club remain keen on Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino if he were to reach a point where he wanted to force his way out of the five-year contract he signed earlier this year.
But club president Florentino Perez is now in favour of maintaining Solari in the top job until the summer. He has pleased the club’s hierarchy by making far more use of summer signings Thibaut Courtois, Vinicius Junior and Alvaro Odriozola than Lopetegui did. The players also believe a cloud has lifted over training since his arrival.
Solari played down speculation in a recent press conference, saying he was only focussed on Real Madrid’s next game. That is despite the fact that a dominant win would seal his position until at least May.
‘I’m just thinking about the next game despite everything,’ Solari said. ‘I can only look to the next link in the chain, and the most important game is always the next one. We are focusing all our efforts on this weekend’s match.
‘I know it’s a cliche, but football is about the here and now, and it’s not a bad philosophy to go by. We’ll see after that.’
Solari can consider himself to be a lucky boss so far. Viktoria Pilsen hit the cross bar early during the game and a Sergio Ramos elbow that bloodied the nose of Milan Havel went unspotted by the referee.
Real Madrid scored two quick goals after that and took command of the game, winning 5-0.
The former Argentina star made 131 appearances for Real Madrid between 2000 and 2005
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