WHO IS SANTIAGO SOLARI?
A relative unknown in managerial circles, Santiago Solari has as been in charge of Real Madrid’s “B” team, known as Castilla, since July 2016.
This has been the 42-yearold’s only senior managerial experience. The team play in Spain’s second tier, Segunda B. Unlike in other major European leagues, such as England, Spanish clubs are allowed to have a second team in the same league system, but the two teams cannot compete in the same division.
Solari’s promotion, albeit only short-term, has echoes of Zinedine Zidane (pictured below right with Solari in 2004) who also started his managerial career with Castilla before moving up to take charge of the first team with great success.
Castilla are currently fifth in Segunda B having won five, drawn four and lost one in their opening 10 matches. They finished eighth last season.
Born in Rosario, Argentina, Solari was a marauding left winger who played five seasons with Madrid from 2000-05 winning La Liga in 2000/01 and 2002/03 and the Uefa Champions League in 2002.