Madrid to announce Schuster fate

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Real Madrid have called a press conference for 2.30pm local time at which it is expected the club will announce the departure of coach Bernd Schuster.

Reports in Spain this morning suggest Schuster is to be sacked and former Sevilla and Tottenham boss Juande Ramos brought in until the end of the season.

Schuster has been hanging onto his job by an ever-thinning thread in recent weeks with the Spanish champions currently fifth in the Primera Liga, nine points behind bitter rivals Barcelona who they face in El Clasico on Saturday.

The Madrid board have given Schuster several votes of confidence but Sunday's morale-crushing 4-3 home defeat to Sevilla looks like it could have been the final straw.

Reports suggest that Ramos could be in charge in time for the afternoon training session in the Spanish capital, scheduled for 5pm, and lead the team in tomorrow night's Champions League clash against Zenit St Petersburg.

Ramos has been without a job since leaving Tottenham Hotspur in October, following the Premier League club's worst ever start to the season.