After the impressive performances during his short term job, interim Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari has been appointed permanent coach. The Argentine will take care of the Spanish giant until the end of the season, the Spanish Football Federation has confirmed.
The announcement came days after Real trashed Melilla 4-0 in Copa Del Rey and Viktoria Plzen 5-0 in the Champions League.
The 42-year-old former Real player replaced Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked after 14 matches in charge. Solari’s contract was signed on October 30 and it was due to expire on Tuesday. He has won all four of his matches in charge on an aggregate score of 15-4.
The club was sunk to the ninth in the La Liga table when Solari joined the squad. After a 4-2 win at against Celta Vigo, Real is now four points behind leaders Barcelona.
Solari, who played for Madrid between 2000 and 2005, was promoted from his role in charge of Castilla, the club´s B team following Lopetegui’s harrowing 5-1 El Clasico defeat against Barcelona.
Real has an upcoming match against Roma in the Champions League to be played in Italy. The game would be a spectacular fight between the two to get to the top of Group G.