Benitez ‘born dead’ at Madrid – Calderon

TVC E, SPORTS - Rafa Benitez was ‘a dead man walking’ at Real Madrid after being their fourth choice to take over last summer, according to former club president Ramon Calderon. He insists Madrid approached then-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, Germany’s World Cup-winning coach Joachim Low, and Jurgen Klopp. But all three turned down the offer. Benitez lasted just seven months at the Bernabeu before a 2-2 draw with Valencia prompted his sacking in January. According to Calderon, Benitez was never wanted by the Madrid hierachy, who only turned to him in desperation. ‘Benitez was a coach who was already a dead man walking from the start at Real Madrid,’ he explained in an interview with Omnisport. ‘That’s because he was not the chosen one, he was the fourth option. They tried to bring [Jose] Mourinho but the Portuguese did not want to go back. ‘After that they tried to get Joachim Low, and he didn’t want...

Zidane replaces Rafael Benitez as Real Madrid coach

Rafa Benitez has been sacked after just six months as Real Madrid manager, with the club appointing Zinedine Zidane as his replacement. Real Madrid CF president Florentino Perez, right, poses for a picture with Zinedine Zidane, left, as new Real Madrid head coach at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium One of Benitez’s old Premier League foes Gary Neville helped seal the Spaniard’s fate when his Valencia side took a point from Real Madrid at the Mestalla on Sunday. Directors of the Spanish club were in consultation throughout the day and after a board meeting the Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, confirmed the dismissal. The appointment of Zidane represented a snub for Jose Mourinho, who was understood to be interested in taking the job after he was sacked by Chelsea in December. Perez remains a huge fan of Mourinho, but the president sees Zidane as the man who will unite Real Madrid’s squabbling players and supporters....