MADRID (AFP) – Real Madrid Madrid, Santiago Solari, manager, was appointed a permanent coach on Monday (November 12) after overseeing a staggering rise in the champions of European champions since he stepped into to replace Julen Lopetegui.
"Everything is in order. Real Madrid has worked out its contract and there are no problems," said the Spanish football federation.
Solari has led Real to four wins out of four since he was placed on a caretaker basis following the sudden sack of Lopetegui last month. And with 15 goals scored and only two grateful, it has always set up the best start for Real manager.
After turning Melilla at the Copa del Rey, he won 5-0 for Viktoria Plzen at the Champions League, between the victories over Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga.
The progress has left Madrid just four points stimulate the Barcelona league leaders and on the verge of qualification for the last 16 in Europe.
Solari, who spent five years playing for Real, was promoted to play a role in charge of Castilla, the club's B team, after Lopetegui overwhelmed a boring running that included only one win in seven games.
The last of them, dumping 5-1 in Barcelona, was the last straw for the president of the Florentino Perez club but the team has confronted their new coach.
"It's been great," said Madrid club director Emilio Butragueno on Sunday night. "We are very happy with how things have gone."
Very little, however, could argue with the results, which have now won the Solari opportunity to prove itself over a longer period. He said at his opening press conference that he was open to retain the job in full time.
"It's a great opportunity and it's a great club," says Solari. "I'm just saying now as the first team coach. I've been here with other teams, I've played and sweat in this club's shirt.
"Madrid is bigger than all of us but it's all touching us with courage. I want to be part of it."
The challenge for Solari will be to control the dressing room when the results get worse. After the international break, Madrid's generous games continue with league games against Eibar, Valencia, Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Villarreal before Christmas, and none of them live in the upper half of La Liga at the moment.
They will also play Roma in Italy and Moscow CSKA at home in the Champions League, two games are likely to settle through to the end of Group G.
Solari was only fortnight as an interim instructor according to Spanish regulations, meaning that a Sunday trip to Celta Vigo would always be likely to predict a decision on his future. He had a striking final audition as Madrid beat a 4-2 win, with Solari having to adapt to a handful of injury problems during the game.