Solari’s appointment as Real Madrid’s permanent manager has been approved by the Spanish soccer federation. Photo: Eloy Alonso/Reuters

MADRID – Santiago Solari’s appointment as Real Madrid’s permanent manager has been approved by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF), a spokesperson told Reuters yesterday.

The 42-year-old Argentine has led the team to four wins in four games since replacing Julen Lopetegui at the helm of the European champions two weeks ago. 

Though the club have yet to confirm the news, Spanish rules prevent an interim coach from staying in charge for longer than 15 days, a period that expired yesterday.

Solari has led Real to four wins in four games since replacing Lopetegui. Photo: David W Cerny/Reuters
Solari has led Real to four wins in four games since replacing Lopetegui. Photo: David W Cerny/Reuters

With victories over Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, and Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga, Solari has enjoyed the best start of any manager in the club’s history. 

Lopetegui was sacked after a run of form that saw Real sink to ninth in the table. However, after Sunday’s 4-2 win at Celta, the capital club are sixth, four points behind leaders Barcelona.