Rafa Benítez was sacked from his position as Real Madrid coach on Monday evening – just seven months after being unveiled as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor. President Florentino Pérez, announced the news in an emergency press conference at 20:00 hours, following a meeting of the board. In a press conference in which, unlike on other occasions, questions were not allowed from the press, Florentino very briefly confirmed Benétez’s demise before quickly moving on to announce Zidane as the new coach: “The board has taken a very difficult decision – an especially difficult one for me, to end our contractual agreement with Rafa Benítez - a great professional and a magnificent person. I would like to thank him for his dedication during these past few months”, Florentino began. “I would also like to announce that the new coach of the first team is Zinedine Zidane – who is, without any doubt, one of the greatest figures in football. He knows what it means to be part of this squad, and how tough and complicated it is to occupy the coach’s job at Real Madrid. He knows the players because some of them, like him, were crowned European champions when they won ‘La Décima’. Throughout his career, Zidane has faced the biggest and most important challenges head on and always, with determination and talent. Madridísmo is by your side – from today, you are Real Madrid’s coach; you have our support and confidence. I'm very proud to have you here because I know that for you (Zidane), the word 'impossible' doesn't exist”.