Rafa Benitez Sacked By Real Madrid Just Seven Months After Spaniard Took Charge

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Rafa Benitez poses before his official unveiling as the new Real Madrid manager at Valdebebas training ground

Los Blancos have slipped to third in La Liga, four points off Atletico form that has led Florentino Perez to axe Rafa Benitez he appointed in June. 

Rafa Benitez has been sacked as manager of Real Madrid. The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu since taking over in June, and while he only finds his side four points off Atletico at the top of La Liga he has had fallouts with key players and been criticised for a defensive style of football.

Benitez was also denied the chance for another piece of silverware, the Copa del Rey, after an administrative gaffe saw them expelled for fielding an ineligible player against Cadiz. It leaves the Champions League as their most likely chance of glory this season, but club president Florentino Perez has opted for a change ahead of their round-of-16 tie with Roma next month. According to a source,  Zidane will take temporary charge of Los Blancos.

Rafa Benitez is out just seven months after taking over at Real Madrid. Directors of the Spanish club have been consulting throughout Monday after Madrid failed to beat Valencia on Sunday evening. Club president Florentino Perez has called a board meeting for Monday afternoon which is expected to be followed by a press conference later the same day. More Details will follow later.