Hours after the confirmation of Carlo Ancelotti's dismissal at Real Madrid, it has been revealed that finding a manager to replace him is more or less a done deal.
Rafa Benitez is apparently '99%' certain to be the new head coach at the Bernabeu, according to reports in Spain and Ancelotti's agent Ernesto Bronzetti.
The season has been one of difficulty and failure for Real Madrid as the Galacticos that splashed out on over £100 million last summer ended up the season trophyless, with a poisonous atmosphere apparent around the club.
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Ancelotti, like many before him, is the fall guy for the shortcomings of Madrid this season, having failed to replicate the triumphs of his first season where he won the Champions League and Copa Del Rey, Ancelotti missed out on the league title for a second year in a row.
The toxic atmosphere that overcame the Bernabeu was fuelled around poor individual performances and not enough peer-to-peer appreciation for golden boy Cristiano Ronaldo.
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This all fell on the head of former AC Milan, PSG and Chelsea boss Ancelotti, who, after such a promising start to the campaign, failed to maintain momentum and found the white handkerchiefs from the Bernabeu faithful as much a surrender of key players support as it were his own.
The Italian saw the season fizzle out with Barcelona turning on the style after Christmas and Juventus being too strong in the Champions League giving Ancelotti his marching orders immediately after the season ends.
Benitez will be under pressure from the start
And no sooner than a day after his departure, ex-Liverpool boss Benitez has been in the limelight for the job he describes as his "sweetheart". The move is expected to come after the Serie A season ending on Sunday and the former Inter and Valencia man finalising what has also been a tough time at Napoli.
The Spaniard may not be given such a wide berth though, as the cut throat mentality at Real is often ruthless when it comes to managerial inadequacies.
Florentino Perez, who sacked Ancelotti on Monday night was quick to start the search for a new boss, telling reporters: "Next week, we will know the name of the new manager of Real Madrid. With our great team, talent and hard work, we will be able to give satisfaction and happiness to our fans and our members."
The way in which Ancelotti was shown the door and Benitez thrust into the frame is paramount of the velocity at which Real Madrid work.
Benitez who was 'almost certain' to be confirmed as the boss last night and will certainly be talked about at greater length in the coming week is surely to bring something new to Los Blancos, however if his time at Napoli is anything to go by, or indeed Ancelotti's at Real, he will need to find patience in president Florentino Perez, that has often eluded Real Madrid managers.
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