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Santiago Solari: Real Madrid's new head coach on a three-year deal
Santiago Solari: Real Madrid's new head coach on a three-year deal

Real Madrid have confirmed the appointment of Santiago Solari as their permanent manager following his successful spell in caretaker charge.

Solari oversaw four consecutive victories in all competitions, with 15 goals scored, as Real's interim boss following the departure of Julen Lopetegui last month and has now been handed the reins full-time until June 2021.

Last season's Champions League winners Real are four points behind leaders Barcelona in the LaLiga table.

A short statement on the club's website read: "The board of directors of Real Madrid CF, which met today, 13 November 2018, has agreed to appoint Santiago Solari as first-team coach until 30 June 2021."


Real Madrid trophy multiples (via Sky Bet)

  • To win La Liga and Copa del Rey - 14/1
  • To win La Liga and Champions League - 40/1
  • To win Copa del Rey and Champions League - 25/1
  • To win La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League - 125/1
  • To win a Trophy (excludes UEFA Supercup and Club World Cup) - 10/11
  • Not to win a Trophy (excludes UEFA Supercup and Club World Cup) - 4/5

Odds correct as of 1910 GMT on 13/11/18


Argentinian Solari made nearly 150 appearances for Real as a player in the early 2000s and returned to the club in 2013 as youth coach.

He moved on to take charge of the reserves in 2016 and his promotion to oversee the first team was assumed to be on a temporary basis, with more high-profile names in the frame.

But Solari's success, plus Spanish rules prohibiting a caretaker being in charge for longer than two weeks, has earned him a chance as permanent boss.

The 42-year-old held out hope he would be given the job from the start, saying after being appointed: "I'm going to go into things positively and do everything I can. It's a great opportunity.

"In life in general and in this profession we are all just here passing through. Everything goes very quickly, the important thing is the day to day."

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