Real Madrid have sacked Rafael Benitez after just seven months in charge. The gaffer’s contract has been terminated by the club after he failed to win laurels with the players. Some important facts and stats:
Rafa Benitez becomes the 22 head coach to leave Real Madrid in 22 seasons.
This is the second time in Benítez’s career that he has been fired in his first season with a team, joining his 2010 stint at Inter Milan when he was sacked after 25 matches.
Rafael Benitez’s record at Real Madrid-
La Liga games managed- 18
Win %– 61
Last five Real Madrid managers’ win percentage
Juande Ramos 66%
Manuel Pellegrini 75%
José Mourinho 72%
Carlo Ancelotti 75%
Rafa Benitez 68%
Zinedine Zidane becomes the first French head coach/manager in Real Madrid’s 114 year history.
Zidane has been managing Real Madrid Castilla, the club’s “B” team, for the past two seasons.
Benítez has managed 12 teams in his career, with only two of those stops spanning more than three calendar years — 2001-04 with Valencia and 2004-10 with Liverpool.
Benítez was the 10th manager hired by Pérez, including interim managers. Of the six permanent managers hired by Pérez, four have failed to make it to their second season.
Real Madrid are worse off through 25 games this season than they were in each of the previous two seasons.
Real Madrid has not won La Liga since 2011-12. If the club fails to win the league this season, it would be their longest drought without a league title since 1990-94 (also four seasons).