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Real Madrid sack Julen Lopetegui with Santiago Solari announced as interim manager.

The Castilla coach has been thrown in at the deep end by Los Blancos, who have sacked the former Spain manager following their Clasico humiliation

Santiago Solari has been thrust straight into the deep end at Real Madrid.

The 42-year-old, who spent five years at the club as a player, has been promoted from the Madrid B team to take the reigns of the senior side following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui on Monday.

Solari takes over at a time of immense upheaval at the club, with Real having been thumped 5-1 by Barcelona on Sunday, and also struggling for form without the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo.