Solari’s interim appointment is Madrid’s latest gamble
It’s no more news that Real Madrid have relieved Julen Lopetegui of his managerial duties at the club. The move was inevitable as the Spanish boss appeared not to have any solution to the club’s current crisis on the pitch.
Real had initially gambled with the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as boss and it worked to perfection with regards to three consecutive UCL triumphs. However, it was not going to work with Julen Lopetegui, and this was the case in the end.
Regardless of the developments in the last 24 hours, the club still appear to be at a loss as to which step to take as they’ve appointed Santiago Solari as the provisional coach for the next two weeks spanning a possible 4 games.
The news making the rounds is that Solari’s appointment could be made permanent if he can steer the Los Blancos to success in the next two games. In my opinion, it’s another gamble that could also turn sour in no time
Julen Lopetegui started his Madrid managerial career in style but it ended badly after some time. It can also be recalled that we had questioned his appointment due to his antecedent at Porto.
However, Real Madrid appear to be hampered by some indecisions this season and it’s a cause for concern. The club should be going all out for an established manager after the recent fiasco, instead, whatever it is that made the hierarchy not to take Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement seriously appears to have taken root.
This is because they are still bent on gambling with the latest vacant position in the managerial position at the Bernabeu.
At this stage of the season, there is very very little room for error as Barcelona are already running away with the La Liga, while Madrid are languishing in 9th position.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that Santiago Solari is a favorite of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, as the Argentine was the first name on his list when Julen Lopetegui’s problems began.
Santiago Solari who is a former Real Madrid player and understands the philosophy of the club has spent five and a half seasons garnering experience in Real Madrid’s lower categories.
He now has the chance on the big stage to demonstrate his managerial capabilities at a very tough time at the Bernabeu. Hopefully, he’ll be able to revive the spirits in the Real Madrid dressing room and steer them back to winning ways.
Regardless, it’s still a major gamble and it must be noted that the last two gambles with regards to Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement and Julen Lopetegui’s appointment didn’t pay off.