Immediate former Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez has bade farewell to the Spanish giants just six months after he took over the reins from Italian Carlo Ancelotti who was sacked at the end of last season.
News of Benitez’s sacking was always expected at the Santiago Bernabeu with most of the Real Madrid faithful uncomfortable with his appointment. The big news came after the draw with Valencia in the first game of 2016.
The coach, in a post on his website, has termed his time at Real Madrid a honor and a privilege and thanked all the club’s stakeholders for the time he spent there.
He has since been replaced at the club by Frenchman Zinedine Zidane and in his message, he wished the new manager the best in his time at the club.
Here’s Benitez’s statement:
Now, at the end of my time as first team coach of Real Madrid,I would like to use this article to say goodbye to everyone at every level of the club. I want everyone at the club from the Board of directors, executives, workers and all of the fans, know that it has been an honour and privilege to be in charge at this club where I grew up as a person, player and coach from the lowest categories through to the first team. As a madridista from Madrid, steeped in the traditions and values of this institution, which I learned in the old sports city of Castellana, it has been an honour to work for these colours. I would especially like to thank everyone at the new sports city and the Santiago Bernabéu who since my first steps through the door have supported me and made my work easier. Thanks to all for helping.
With all that I have said still in mind, I would like to wish good luck to Zinedine Zidane,my successor, and his staff. To all the players, coaches and staff in both Valdebebas and Bernabéu, I wish all the best and also good luck.
With all my respect and thanks… HALA MADRID and NOTHING ELSE.