Ramos replaces axed Schuster

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Real Madrid have confirmed coach Bernd Schuster has been sacked and replaced by former Tottenham Hotspur and Sevilla coach Juande Ramos, just two days after Schuster's statement that Los Merengues had no chance of winning at Barcelona this weekend.

The German coach was fired only six months after guiding Real to their 31st La Liga crown.

Real sporting director Predrag Mijatović said: "We spoke to Schuster this morning about all the difficulties that we had over the past months.

"We came to the mutual agreement to take this decision. He accepted it with great humility.

"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 and we hoped things would work out, but as you know in the world of football their are streaks you can't shake."

Fifth-placed Real have lost three of their last four league matches and is in the middle of an injury crisis.

And the Spanish powerhouse have initially handed Ramos a six-month deal.

Ramos said: "I would like to thank the board for their confidence - I face this job with excitement. It's everybody's dream.

"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."

Ramos is the eighth coach to lead the Spanish champions since they fired Vicente del Bosque in 2003.

Ramos led Sevilla to back-to-back UEFA Cup titles and a Copa del Rey trophy before taking over at Tottenham in October 2007.

But he was sacked by Spurs last September after they worst Premier League start for 100 years, only six months after guiding Tottenham to their first trophy since 1999 with a Carling Cup triumph.

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