Real Madrid have parted company with Fabio Capello less than a fortnight after he led them to their first La Liga title in four years.
The news comes as little surprise after weeks of speculation in the Spanish press, but it still seems a strange move by the European giants after their League success last term.
Bernd Schuster seems almost certain to replace the ex-Juve tactician after being released from his contract with Getafe yesterday.
In spite of his eventual success at the Santiago Bernabeu, Capello failed to win the hearts of the fans due to his brand of pragmatic football and he had several public spats with President Ramon Calderon and the board of directors.
Today’s announcement was vague as to the reason for Capello's second dismissal at the Spanish club. "The directors at Real Madrid are grateful for all that has been achieved over the past season, but have decided not to continue with Capello as coach," director of sport Pedja Mijatovic explained.
"We don’t think that he is the right person to continue our project."
Capello’s future remains unclear, but he has suggested in recent weeks that the Real Madrid job may be his last in management.
The former Milan, Juventus and Roma coach also led the Spanish giants to the title exactly 10 years ago, but was sacked following that success too.
Source: C4 Football Italia