REAL MADRID AND THE MANAGERIAL MERRY GO ROUND

Written by Andy

So as expected Carlo Ancelotti has made the switch from Paris to Madrid and becomes the 36th manager of the great Real Madrid C.F. and the 11th manager in the last ten years.

You have to wonder if Florentino Perez is a major factor in these statistics as he has racked up a few managers in his two stints as club president.

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Vicente del Bosque (November 1999 – June 2003)

Winning the presidential campaign in 2000 after a failed attempt in 1995, Perez fired the hugely successful Vicente del Bosque who brought 2 La Liga’s, 2 Champions League’s, 1 Spanish Super Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup and a  UEFA Super Cup. The ironic thing being del Bosque had just led Real Madrid to the La Liga title the day before and instead of being offered a new manager contract del Bosque was only offered the technical director role which he of course turned down. del Bosque went on to manage Turkish side Besiktas for a season before taking a 3 year break from the game and accepting the manager’s job with Spain where he has been manager for 5 years and led them to the World Cup, European Championship and number one national team on the planet.

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Carlos Queiroz (June 2003 – May 2004) 

The very highly rated coach and at the time assistant manager of Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlos Queiroz was the surprise announcement from Real Madrid as del Bosque’s replacement in June 2003. Winning the Spanish Super Cup got Queiroz off to a flying start but Madrid were unable to sustain that early season form and ended up winning no other trophies that season and a shocking 4th place in La Liga. The trigger was pulled in May 2004 and Madrid were on the hunt again for a new boss. Queiroz returned to Old Trafford as assistant for another 4 years before moving into international management with Portugal and currently Iran where he has been manager since 2011.

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José Antonio Camacho (May 2004 – September 2004)

A legendary player for Real Madrid, Camacho arrived from a very successful two year stint as Benfica manager but only lasted a few months in Madrid. Terrible league form sitting in 8th position along with the team getting destroyed 3-0 by German side Bayer Leverkusen meant Camacho was sacked and swiftly returned to Benfica where he lasted only one season. Camacho then had a 3 year stint at Osasuna and a two year stint as China manager which ended this year.

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Mariano García Remón (September 2004 – December 2004)

Madrid again turned to a former player to take the managers job and again this failed to ignite the side packed with superstars. Remon was assistant to Camacho but his methods had little to no affect on the sides fortunes despite winning 12 of his 20 games in charge.Remon’s only other football work after Real was a season with Cadiz where he couldn’t gain promotion to La Liga.

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Vanderlei Luxemburgo (December 2004 – December 2005)

Madrid then made the move for hugely experienced Brazilian coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo who had won several honours in his native Brazil. Luxemburgo got a year in the job and to his credit done really well initially with an excellent winning run and got Madrid only 4 points off the La Liga title with rivals Barcelona winning. His first ‘full season’ started off very well but some poor performances and injuries kicked in along with a change in tactics, Madrid’s form dipped dramatically and the trigger was pulled on 5th December 2005. Luxemburgo has since managed Santos, Palmeiras, Santos again, Atletico Mineiro,  two years at Flamenco and is now currently manager of Gremio.

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Juan Ramon Lopez Caro (December 2005 – June 2006)

Madrid decided to go in house for their next manager choice and B team manager Juan Ramon Lopez Caro got the gig in December 2005. Madrid only lost 3 of his 24 games but too many draws cumilated in no trophies yet again for Madrid and some disappointing league displays. Caro was relieved of his duties in June 2006. Caro has since Racing Santander, Levante, Celta Vigo, Spain U’21’s for two years, FC Vaslui of Romania and was this year and is currently Saudi Arabia manager.

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Fabio Capello (July 2006 – June 2007)

July 2006 saw Madrid go for the very successful and experienced Italian coach Fabio Capello who had previously been with Real Madrid back in July 1996 – June 1997 winning the La Liga title after a fall out with then president Lorenzo Sanz and for playing fans favourite Raul out on the wing. However Capello returned in 2006 amongst one of the club’s longest droughts without a major trophy and ironically only he and del Bosque were the only two Real Madrid managers to win a league title since Capello’s first reign in 1997. So the task was clear win the title and thats exactly what Capello did but incredibly was sacked due to their lack of playing style! Since then Capello managed England for 4 years and since 2012 has been the manager of Russia.

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Bernd Schuster (July 2007 – December 2008) 

Real moved for German coach Bernd Schuster who played for Real Madrid in his playing days but ironically played for rivals Barcelona and Athletico Madrid also! Schuster had a very successful two years at fellow La Liga side Levante before getting the big job at Real which he paid for himself to buy out his Levante contract. Schuster made a bright start and brought back the much sought after attacking football and brought the La Liga title in his first season as manager getting the highest points finish in La Liga at that time with 85 points matching Barcelona’s record. The following season started well with a Spanish Super Cup win. Schuster had a very strange relationship with the Spanish media and made several strange comments, he stepped down in December 2008 after a loss to Sevilla and came out and said Madrid had no chance of beating Barcelona in the Classico. Schuster had a two year hiatus from the game before one season with Besiktas in 2010-2011. Another two year stint followed and he was recently named Malaga manager replacing a manager we’ll be speaking about very shortly in Manuel Pellegrini.

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Juande Ramos  (December 2008 – June 2009)

Madrid decided to go for recently sacked Spurs manager and former Sevilla boss Juande Ramos next. Ramos would only last until June though despite winning 17 and drawing 1 of his first 18 games but were embarrassed by rivals Barcelona in game 19 and lost 6-2 at home which pretty much sealed his sacking despite a great start. Madrid lost the title by 9 points and Ramo’s contract expired in June and he left the club. Ramos has since spent a season at CSKA Moscow and has been manager of Dnipro since 2010.

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Manuel Pellegrini (June 2009 – May 2010) 

Next up for Madrid was the very experienced and highly rated Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini who had 5 outstanding seasons at Villarreal. Its not often managers get criticised for pre-season matches but thats what happened with Pellegrini. Madrid only beat Shamrock Rovers with a Karim Benzema goal 3 minutes from time and Florentino Perez came out and criticised Pellegrini for his tactics! In March Madrid were eliminated from the Champions League by Lyon and Perez warned Pellegrini win the title or your sacked. Pellegrini’s side made a valiant effort as they ended up with 96 points in the league which smashed the previous points record in Spain but Barcelona were in the middle of their wonder team years and finished with 99 points. To this day Pellegrini has the best win percentage rate with Madrid and also wanted to build an exciting young team instead of ‘Galacticos’ but Perez wasn’t having any of that and fired him in May 2010. Pellegrini has bounced back in style though with 3 excellent seasons at Malaga and was recently announced as Manchester City’s new head coach.

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Jose Mourinho (May 2010 – June 2013)

Since 1989 only Vicente del Bosque and Jose Mourinho have managed Real Madrid for 3 years or more. The Special One had mixed fortunes in Madrid coming to the club with a big reputation after stints with Porto, Chelsea & Inter Milan. In his first season Madrid beat rivals Barcelona in the Spanish Cup Final their first win in the competition in 18 years but lost to their rivals in the SemiFinals of the Champions League their best showing in the competition in 8 years along with a 2nd place in La Liga. Season two ended a little better for Mourinho as he brought back the La Liga title and ended Barcelona’s dominance over the title. In season 3 he signed a new 4 year contract but several disappointing incidents happened for Madrid as did another 2nd place La Liga finish. They did manage the Champions League SemiFinals for the 3rd season running under Mourinho but The Special One left the club and rejoined former club Chelsea.

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Carlo Ancelotti (June 2013 – Present)

So here we are at the end of the Real Madrid managers list in the past 14 years, Carlo Ancelotti has had great success in the game winning league titles with AC Milan, Chelsea and PSG along with two Champions League titles with AC Milan. With one of the best squads in world football and one of the most demanding presidents and fans in the game the Italian will have his work cut out but there is no doubt he has the ability to succeed in the most high profile job in football. Good luck Carlo you’re going to need it!

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