Rafael Benitez has been sacked as manager of Real Madrid.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu since taking over in June, and while he only finds his side four points off Atletico at the top of La Liga he has had fallouts with key players and been criticised for a defensive style of football.
Benitez was also denied the chance for another piece of silverware, the Copa del Rey, after an administrative gaffe saw them expelled for fielding an ineligible player against Cadiz.
It leaves the Champions League as their most likely chance of glory this season, but club president Florentino Perez has opted for a change ahead of their round-of-16 tie with Roma next month.
Zinedine Zidane - the coach of Real Madrid's second team, Castilla - is expected to take over.
Benitez holds a degree in Science of Physical Activity and Sport (INEF) by the Polytechnic University of Madrid , he graduated in Business Administration from the University College of Business Studies of Sabadell ( Barcelona ) and made some degree courses in medicine.
In 2008 he was invested doctor honoris causa of the University Miguel Hernández de Elche 2 by application of scientific methodology in Science of Physical Activity and Sport football training.
In 2010, Agustin de Betancourt receives the medal of the Polytechnic University of Madrid . 3
In 2011 granted the Silver Medal of the 'Royal Order of Sports Merit' , one of the highest distinctions awarded by the Higher Sports Council in Spain.
In 2012 gets the Gold Medal of Honor Board of the 'University Philosophical Society "of the Trinity College of Dublin.
His greatest sporting successes achieved to date heading to Valencia Football Club and Liverpool Football Club , clubs where he spent more time as technical director.