Spain’s soccer club, Real Madrid, has terminated Julen Lopetegui’s (in featured picture) contract as the club’s coach. The decision was arrived at yesterday. This comes after the club registered a string of dismal performances; the latest being a 5-1 thumping by Barcelona, over the weekend.

A scene from last weekend’s game between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Real Madrid’s official statement on the sacking:

“The Real Madrid C.F. board of directors, which met today, 29 October 2018, has made the decision to terminate Julen Lopetegui’s contract as the club’s coach.

This decision, which was taken with the utmost responsibility, seeks to bring about a turnaround in the first-team’s fortunes at a time when all of this season’s targets are still achievable.

The board considers there to be a large disparity between the quality within the Real Madrid squad, which boasts eight nominees for the next Ballon d’Or award – an unprecedented number in the club’s history – and the team’s results to date.

The club places on record its thanks to Julen Lopetegui and all of his coaching staff for their efforts and work and wishes them all the best in their future careers.

Santiago Solari will take temporary charge of the team, assuming his role as first-team coach from tomorrow (today), Tuesday.”