Benitez to stay on at Real Madrid

Nov 24, 2015, 7:47 AM EST
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(Jan Solo/flickr)

Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez has been told he retains the club's full backing following the 4-0 home defeat by Barcelona, writes the BBC. Benitez, 55, was only appointed in the summer, but fans chanted for him to be sacked after Saturday's match.

Following a board meeting on Monday, club president Florentino Perez said: "He has all our support and confidence. "Rafa has only just started his job here. Let him keep working and he will achieve his objectives."

ESPS reports: 

Rafa Benitez's peers have rallied around the under-fire Real Madrid coach, with Luis Enrique, Michel, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger all offering words of support. [...] Real Madrid Castilla coach Zinedine Zidane has been touted as a replacement should Benitez depart and, despite the former France star playing down his interest at the weekend, L'Equipe reports that he would be ready to step up. Former Blancos midfielder Michel, now in charge at Marseille, is another potential successor to Benitez but he told a news conference that nobody should be discussing the matter at this stage.

"It seems to me a lack of respect to speak of the possibility that Zidane could be Real Madrid coach, with Benitez there," Michel said. "It is a bad way to talk about a Real Madrid coach, which is Benitez, and I hope he remains in the job for a long time yet."