There's a lot of speculation that Santiago Solari's hopes of landing the Real Madrid job lie in how they do this weekend against Celta Vigo. However, SPORT believe that there's evidence that his short tenure has already been extended until, at least, the end of the season.
There are various reasons to believe as much. First of all, Article 160 of the RFEF's rule state that a club must appoint a new coach within two weeks of sacking their previous one. Remember that Julen Lopetegui was released on Oct. 29, hours after the 5-1 loss to Barcelona. Therefore, a new man must be in place by Nov. 12.
That means Monday is when Madrid must make the appointment, one day after the Celta game. Are Madrid really going to leave it that late? And if they don't win in Vigo, do they have the next coach in place to replace Solari on the Monday? Because the rules don't count holidays or weekends. Whoever it is must be confirmed to the RFEF on Monday.
The appointment will throw up several bureaucratic issues, per Article 157 of the RFEF's legislation.
It says: "The contract, signed by the coach, and by the legal representatives of the club, will be presented in six copies, distributing one to the RFEF and the rest will correspond to the Autonomous Community Federation, Coaches Committee, Coaches Committee of the Autonomous Community Federation, the club [Real Madrid] and, where appropriate, LNFP or LNFS ".
As stated above, the registration is not an instant procedure, even more so if we are talking about signing a foreign coach.
All this information corresponds with information which SPORT have learned which suggest Real Madrid have already began the process of registrating Solari and his coaching team -- several days ago, in fact. Curiously, Madrid's official website did the same this week.
It's also worth knowing that, in the case that Solari doesn't do well in the future, Madrid could sack him and, not only would they have another 15 days to find a replacement, but he could also return to coaching the B team.