Real Madrid have sacked coach Fabio Capello just 11 days after he led them to their first Primera Liga title in four years.
The Italian, who also won the league title with Real in the 1996-97 season during his first spell at the club, had two years left to run on his contract.
“We have taken the decision not to continue with Fabio Capello next season,” said Real Madrid sporting director Predrag Mijatovic.
“It was a difficult decision, but it was a unanimous decision based on an exhaustive report I made to the board.
“We don’t think Fabio Capello is the right person to lead Real Madrid into the future given what we want this club to achieve.”
“Now we have time to think over who will be the next coach of the club.”
“I haven’t managed to talk it over with him personally because he is on holiday at the moment, but I did manage to speak to his son who is also his lawyer.”
Meanwhile, Real president Ramon Calderon told Marca newspaper: “We’ve laid the foundations, but we need to find a more enthusiastic way of playing.”
Either side of his previous success with Madrid, Capello won four league titles and the Champions League with Milan in the 1990s, before winning the Scudetto with Roma in 2001. He then moved to Juventus where he won successive Serie A titles, although both were subsequently excised from the record books as a result of Juve’s role in Italy’s match-fixing scandal.
Getafe’s German coach Bernd Schuster is tipped to succeed Capello.