Real Madrid have confirmed that the departure of coach Carlos Queiroz and the apppointment of Jose Antonio Camacho ashis replacement.

The departure of Queiroz after just one season in charge, does not come as a surprise given their recent run which has seen the club lose five matches in the row for the first time in their history. Their failure to win any trophies was compounded by the late-season slump which means Madrid have to pre-qualify for next season’s Champions League.

“If you ask me whether we made a mistake contracting Queiroz, than I have to admit, we made a mistake,” said Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

“It’s a sad day for us. It was a disappointing end to the season.

“We are a reference for football around the world and we cannot endure another season like this.” Camacho, who arrives from

Camacho has left Benfica to take up the reins at Madrid where he made his name during his playing days as a defender between 1974 and 1989.

He was appointed manager at Real in the summer of 1998, but left within a month after a row with board. The former Spain boss has been awarded a two-year contract.

“Camacho will be have a large amount of input into new signings,” said Perez.

“He been a player here, he knows this club and he’s got the attitude and authority to make things work.”