MADRID, NNC - Julen Lopetegui was officially sacked by the Spanish giants Real Madrid on Tuesday (10/30/2018), a day after Barcelona lost 1-5 in the El Clasico match for the 10th week of the Spanish League.
Lopetegui officially served as coach of Madrid from June 12 to October 29, 2018, or no more than 140 days, the shortest duration among Madrid's last 10 coaches.
In that duration Lopetegui trained Madrid in 14 competitive matches and could only win six of them, while losing in six other matches.
Overall, the percentage of Madrid's victory in the hands of Lopetegui is 42.86 percent which is Madrid's worst record in the past two decades.
Ironically, the 42.86 percent winning percentage was booked by Lopetegui when Madrid had no less than eight players who were among the top 30 nominees for the Ballon d'Or award, the most prestigious award in mainland Europe.
This fact was also highlighted by the club's leadership board in an official statement on Lopetegui's dismissal.
"The Board of Directors considers that there is a gap between the quality of the team, which has eight Ballon d'Or nominated players, something that has never happened before in history, with results achieved to date," said a statement posted on the club's official website.
Santiago Solari, who previously handled Madrid's second-tier team, Castilla, is believed to be Lopetegui's successor.