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Solari loses Real Madrid support when Mourinho emerges as goal

Santi Solari has lost the support of the Real Madrid hierarchy and will be dismissed as the manager when the club settles on a replacement, sources have told ESPN FC. Solari is now effectively an "interim manager" after the Madrid leaders decided to remove him after his side elimination from the Champions League round-of-16 stage in a 4-1 loss for Ajax on Tuesday . The seizure meant that the 13-time European champions are out of service for all major trophies this season, with the La Liga title looking good and their Copa del Rey campaign ending brutally by the Barcelona rivals last month. The board is ready to move on with Solari resignation, sources have told ESPN, but have not found a viable candidate to take over, which has delayed his dismissal. Sources say the club has spent the last 24 hours doing a cruel search for the right person to take control until the end of the season, with an eye on the next phase of the club's future. Club President Florentino Perez and other board members conducted an emergency meeting at the Bernabeu where the opportunity to change leaders was discussed. The meeting lasted well in the early hours of Friday morning, but when it ended, the board had not yet identified an obvious candidate. Most would rather not wait until the summer to get rid of Solari with 1 2 La Liga matches left for teams to ensure their participation in the Champions League next season. Real…

Santi Solari has lost the support of the Real Madrid hierarchy and will be dismissed as the manager when the club settles on a replacement, sources have told ESPN FC.

Solari is now effectively an “interim manager” after the Madrid leaders decided to remove him after his side elimination from the Champions League round-of-16 stage in a 4-1 loss for Ajax on Tuesday .

The seizure meant that the 13-time European champions are out of service for all major trophies this season, with the La Liga title looking good and their Copa del Rey campaign ending brutally by the Barcelona rivals last month.

The board is ready to move on with Solari resignation, sources have told ESPN, but have not found a viable candidate to take over, which has delayed his dismissal.

Sources say the club has spent the last 24 hours doing a cruel search for the right person to take control until the end of the season, with an eye on the next phase of the club’s future.

Club President Florentino Perez and other board members conducted an emergency meeting at the Bernabeu where the opportunity to change leaders was discussed. The meeting lasted well in the early hours of Friday morning, but when it ended, the board had not yet identified an obvious candidate.

Most would rather not wait until the summer to get rid of Solari with 1

2 La Liga matches left for teams to ensure their participation in the Champions League next season. Real Madrid is third in the table of 48 points, six of Getafe in fourth.

Former managers Zinedine Zidane and Jose Mourinho have both emerged as possible successors to Solari.

It is believed that Zidane – who won three consecutive Champions League trophies during his reign and still lives in Madrid – would probably reject a return to Bernabeu, but Mourinho – who was in charge of 2010 to 2013 and won La Liga – is the more likely option to become the club’s next boss.

His name began to be more than a week ago when Real was humbled in the 3-0 defeat against Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey’s semifinals.

Sources say Portuguese is not the most attractive option for some of the Real Madrid Board, with some board members worried his appointment would further split an already turbulent fan base.

But their doubts are consistent with a desire to install a “firm hand” that the board considers necessary to restore order to an out-of-clothing dressing room.

Other potential goals including Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp are unlikely to leave their jobs before the summer, leaving Mourinho as the club’s only realistic option.

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