Reports were rife last night that Real Madrid sacked former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez.
Club president Florentino Perez called an emergency board meeting after the club failed to overcome Gary Neville’s Valencia Sunday night in a 2-2 draw at the Mestalla.
Directors of the Spanish outfit have been discussing Benitez’s position and according to Marca, have decided to terminate his three-year contract early.
A scheduled press conference which was due to start at 18:30 GMT last night was delayed for more than 30 minutes as we went to press.
The Anfield hero was appointed in June 2015, but after just six months will been relieved of his duties.
Benitez is the 11th coach to have been dismissed by president Florentino Perez.
Benitez’s Real have been La Liga’s top goalscorers this season with 47, seven more than Barcelona, but it’s been his record against the top sides that look to have forced Perez’s hand for the 11th time in his reign.
Perez is currently in his second term at the Bernabeu, the first from 2000-06 and the second began in 2009.
Benitez successfully guided Real through the group stages of the Champions League and are a mere four points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid.

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