Madrid fire coach Schuster

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

MADRID - 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 today'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, admitted after the match that his side was incapable of winning at Barcelona.

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

Real face Zenit St Petersburg having already qualified for the knockout phase. - BBC and Reuters

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