The 5-1 heavy El Clasico defeat at the Camp Nou against Barcelona was the final blow for the Spanish manager. Solari who has been the manager of Castilla side is given two weeks as an interim manager but he can be made permanent manager by the club.
Lopetegui left Real Madrid ninth on La Liga table with only 14 points from ten outings.
In the official statement issued by the club on Monday night, it states that Lopetegui’s contract was terminated due to the fact that the expectations of the club are beyond his capabilities.
Official statement of Real Madrid
The Board of Directors of Real Madrid C. F., meeting today October 29, 2018, have agreed to terminate the contract that linked Coach Julen Lopetegui with the club.
This decision, adopted from the highest level of responsibility, aims to change the dynamics of the first team, while all the objectives of this season are still achievable.
The Board of Directors understands that there is a great disproportion between the quality of the staff of Real Madrid, which has eight players nominated for the next Ballon d’Or, something unprecedented in the history of the club, and the results obtained to date.
The club thanks Julen Lopetegui and his entire technical team for their effort and work and wishes them the best in their professional career.
He will be provisionally replaced by Santiago Solari, who will lead the first team starting tomorrow, Tuesday.