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Staying?

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Solari is a popular figure. EFE

Staying?

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According to 'Marca, Santiago Solari is continuing to make a strong case to be more than a simple stop-gap at Real Madrid, putting himself into contention for the job on a permanent basis.

As it stands there are plenty of pros and cons to the Argentine manager. The 4-0 defeat of Meililla in the Copa del Rey is the only game on which he can be judged, taking into account the circumstances and the little time he had to prepare his side for the game. 

However, some hapiness was brought back to the Madrid side on that night. They scored for fun, Odriozola looked reborn and even Vinicius was given a start. Marco Asensio rediscovered his goal-scoring touch - all these positives in 90 minutes. 

But it was not just the fans who were impressed by this first audition. According to the Spanish press, both the board and the players would support Solari continuing in the post until the end of the season. 

First in agreement with this would be Solari himself. He is eager to show that he can coach at the top level, having previously coached the Castilla side in Segunda B. 

Standing in his way: Antonio Conte (possibly) and Roberto Martinez, among others. For now, it appears that Solari will have a few days to convince the fans and the board, although there are those who already view him as plan A. 

The main issue is LaLiga's rules concerning interim managers. It is stated that a caretaker can only be in charge for two weeks before a permanent boss is named, meaning that for now Solari has three more games to state his claim. 

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