However, among the list of potential candidates, former Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui was never in that list and yet days before the World Cup, he was anointed the man at the Santiago Bernabeu.
With victories over Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, and Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga, Solari has enjoyed the best start of any manager in the club's history.
However, league rules state that an interim coach can do a job for only two weeks - a period that ends on Monday - meaning he has to be registered or drop back to his Castilla role.
But, a mere 14 La Liga games and a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Barcelona later and the 52-year-old walked away, with his head hung down after the news was released that Lopetegui was sacked with the defeat at Barcelona the last straw. "I don't just say that now as coach of the first team".
The club were ninth when he assumed control and they are now sixth, four points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
"The important thing is to do what is necessary and possible for the good of the team, for the good of Real Madrid", Solari said.
"We will see", he said.
"Celta played very aggresively", Solari said.
After the worldwide break, Madrids generous run of games continues with league matches against Eibar, Valencia, Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Villarreal before Christmas, none of whom now reside in La Ligas top half.
'Casemiro had to come off, Gareth made a huge effort because the kick he received was causing him problems.
Real director Emilio Butragueno hinted after the game that Solari will be staying in place, saying: "The truth is that we are very happy with him'".
Butragueno told Movistar+: 'There is no doubt that he came at a very particular moment and has been able to achieve very good results. "We are very happy with how things have gone".