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Solari has four games to land Madrid job with Martinez lying in wait

Real Madrid temporary boss Santiago Solari has four games to secure hot seat on permanent basis with Roberto Martinez waiting in the wings

  • Santiago Solari and Roberto Martinez are in a race to land the Real Madrid job
  • Spanish Federation rules mean Madrid can have a temporary coach for 14 days
  • Then they will have to appoint B-team boss Solari, Martinez or someone else
  • Solari’s four matches to prove himself start on Wednesday against Melilla 

Santiago Solari has just two weeks to prove he, and not Roberto Martinez, is the right man for the permanent Real Madrid job.

Spanish Federation rules mean Madrid can only have a temporary coach for a period of 14 days. Once that time has elapsed they will have to offer the B-team boss Solari a first team contract or hire someone else.

That gives the Argentinian four games to prove himself. On Wednesday night he faces third-tier side Melilla in the first round proper of the Copa del Rey.

Santiago Solari has two weeks to prove he is the right man for the permanent Real Madrid job

Santiago Solari has two weeks to prove he is the right man for the permanent Real Madrid job

After 14 days Real will have to offer the B-team boss a first team contract or hire someone else

After 14 days Real will have to offer the B-team boss a first team contract or hire someone else

SOLARI’S FOUR GAMES TO SECURE THE JOB

Oct 31 – Melilla (A)  Copa del Rey

Nov 3 – Real Valladolid (H)  La Liga

Nov 7 – Viktoria Plzen (A) Champions League

Nov 11 – Celta Vigo (A) La Liga 

Real Madrid then host Valladolid in the league at the weekend before travelling to the Czech Republic to face Viktoria Pilsen.

The following weekend they go to Vigo to face Celta and then – during the international break – they must make their decision.

As Sportsmail reported on Wednesday Madrid now have former Wigan and Everton coach Martinez a the top of their list if the option of promoting Solari does not work.

Solari spent five years playing for Los Blancos between 2000 and 2005. He then returned to the club in 2013 as youth-team coach before earning a promotion up to the B team three years later.

The 42-year-old spent five years as a player at Madrid before returning to the club as a coach

The 42-year-old spent five years as a player at Madrid before returning to the club as a coach

They have not yet made a formal approach to Martinez’s long-term advisor Chris Farnell nor have they been in contact with the Belgian FA to speak about releasing the 45-year-old from his contract, which runs until after Euro 2020.

Wheels will be very speedily put into motion if, over the next fortnight, it becomes clear Solari, who has somewhat reluctantly left the tranquillity of the B-team in Spain’s third tier to take the big job, is not working out.

He certainly made a positive start in front of the cameras on Tuesday when he said: ‘The idea is to go to Melilla and play with cojones (balls).’

It wasn’t quite what reporters were expecting from a coach with a reputation for having been a thoughtful studious player and a philosophical manager. 

‘That is the idea that we have – to play with excitement, desire and a will to win the game,’ said the 42-year-old. 

As Sportsmail reported  Madrid have Roberto Martinez atop their list if promoting Solari fails

As Sportsmail reported Madrid have Roberto Martinez atop their list if promoting Solari fails

It had seemed almost certain that former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte would take over from Julen Lopetegui, whose disastrous four-month reign ended after Madrid were trounced 5-1 by Barcelona at the weekend but there was a dramatic twist late on Monday night. 

Sportsmail understands that key figures within Madrid’s dressing room were opposed to the appointment of the Italian which prompted the club’s hierarchy to scrap that plan.

That now means Martinez could be given the opportunity to revive the campaign of the reigning Champions League holders and he is the favourite to become the next permanent manager. 

 

 


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