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Ramos replaces Schuster at Real

Bernd Schuster and Juande Ramos
Schuster has been replaced by Ramos with immediate effect

Real Madrid have sacked Bernd Schuster as coach and replaced the German with former Tottenham manager Juande Ramos until the end of the season.

The 54-year-old's first game in charge will be Wednesday's Champions League match at home to Zenit St Petersburg.

Real are fifth in the Primera Liga, nine points behind Barcelona, who they face in El Clasico on Saturday.

The Madrid board had given Schuster, 48, several votes of confidence before Sunday's 4-3 home defeat by Sevilla.

Schuster, whose side was knocked out of the Copa del Rey by little-known Real Union, conceded after the match that his side was incapable of winning at Barcelona.

I hope I don't let anyone down and that I achieve the successes that this club has set for this season

Juande Ramos
"We spoke to Schuster this morning about all the difficulties over the past few months," said Real director of sport Pedja Mijatovic.

"We came to the mutual agreement to take this decision. He took the decision well.

"I have to take the opportunity to thank Bernd Schuster for the work he did at Real Madrid. He did an excellent job last season to win the title and the Spanish Supercopa."

Ramos, who has signed a six-month contract, was sacked as manager of Tottenham in October following Tottenham's worst start to a season.

But he made his reputation in Spain by leading Sevilla to back-to-back Uefa Cup wins in 2006 and 2007.

"I would like to thank the board for their confidence - I face this job with excitement. It's everybody's dream," he stated.

LIFE AND TIMES OF JUANDE RAMOS
1954: Born on 25 September in Ciudad Real, Spain
1999: Guides unfashionable Rayo Vallecano into Spanish top-flight
2001: Leads Vallecano to the Uefa Cup quarter-finals
2002: Joins Real Betis, whom he leads to sixth in his first season
2005: Leads Malaga to 10th after a short spell with Espanyol
2006: Moves to Sevilla and wins the Uefa Cup in his first season
2007: Sevilla retain Uefa Cup & reach the Champions League
2008: Wins Carling Cup with Spurs but is sacked months later

"I hope I don't let anyone down and that I achieve the successes that this club has set for this season.

"In most of my previous jobs I have had short contracts. We came to a quick agreement and I'm delighted.

"If I'm happy at the end of the season then I might extend the contract. Both sides are free to see what happens."

Schuster enjoyed a successful first year at the Bernabeu, retaining the league title his predecessor Fabio Capello clinched in 2007.

But attempts to win it for a third successive time have floundered amid a spate of injuries and Barcelona's resurgence under new boss Pep Guardiola.

On Monday, Mali international Mahamadou Diarra became the latest Real player to be struck down after it emerged he will sidelined for six to nine months because of a knee injury.

Diarra joins Ruud van Nistelrooy, Gabriel Heinze, Pepe, Wesley Sneijder, Miguel Torres and Ruben de la Red in the treatment room.

Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas also gave an insight into the negativity surrounding the club on Tuesday when he admitted they were not capable of challenging for the league title on current form.

606: DEBATE

Casillas told radio programme El mirador de Punto Radio: "At the moment the team isn't capable of winning trophies because Barcelona lead us by nine points and it's true that they're playing well.

"We are going through a bad run. Defensively we are vulnerable - and I'm the first (to blame).

"At the moment it seems that our opponents will have three chances and score three goals and it's clear that we are all to blame.

"I have been 10 seasons in the Primera Liga and this, for now, is the worst start I have had."

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see also
Tottenham sack Ramos for Redknapp
26 Oct 08 |  Tottenham
Real name Schuster as new coach
09 Jul 07 |  Europe


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