Real Madrid manager madness: Spurs flop Juande Ramos becomes 10th in 10 years
Published 15:09 09/12/08 By By Dan Silver, Mirror.co.uk
Former Spurs manager Juande Ramos became Real Madrid's 10th manager in the last 10 years today, when he agreed to replace the sacked Bernd Schuster until the end of the season.
Such is the life expectancy of a Los Merengues coach, that, frankly, Ramos will be lucky to last until then. There isn't so much a revolving door at the Bernabeu as an ejector seat.
Here's how Ramos' nine predecessors fared:
June 2007-December 2008
P75 W44 D9 L22
Tasked with bringing beautiful football back to the Bernabeu, he landed the club's 31st title in his first season. Was promptly sacked four months into second, though, after as poor start left the team fifth in La Liga.
May 2006-June 2007
P50 W28 D12 L10
The stated remit for Don Fabio's second spell at Real was to end the club's three-year long trophy-less spell by winning the league title. He did, but was sacked anyway - primarily for the efficient but boring playing style with which he achieved success.
Juan Ramon Lopez Caro
December 2005 - May 2006
P48 W23 D13 L12
A journeyman Spanish coach who was originally employed to look after Madrid's B Team, Lopez Caro was elevated to first team coach bur proved powerless to stop the rot of the Galactico era.
December 2004 - December 2005
P45 W28 D7 L10
The brilliantly-named Brazilian is perhaps best known for introducing the ambitious but deeply flawed 'Magic Rectangle' 4-2-2-2 formation. He eventually resigned following a poor start to his second season and a disastrous 3-0 home defeat to Barcelona.
Mariano Garcia Remon
September 2004 - December 2004
P20 W12 D4 L4
He may have won six Spanish championships and three cups with Madrid as a player, but the former goalkeeper nicknamed 'The Cat of Odessa' lasted barely three months as manager, being sacked due to a perceived lack of success.
Jose Antonio Camacho
May 2004 - September 2004
P6 W4 D0 L2
A former team-mate of Remon's who played 414 times for Los Meringues, Camacho enjoyed even less success as manager, resigning early doors after a 3-0 Champions league defeat to Bayer Leverkusen was followed by 1-0 reverse at Espanyol.
June 2003 - May 2004
P59 W35 D11 L14
Poached from Old Trafford during his first spell as Fergie's assistant, Queiroz fell foul of president xxx's infamous Galatico policy. Forced to pick players he didn't want and also to sell Claude Makelele against his wishes, the current Portuguese coach won the Supercup in 2004 but was still sacked after 10 months for his La Liga failings.
Vincent Del Bosque
November 1999 - June 2003
P233 W127 D56 L50
The most successful Real Madrid manager of the modern era, Del Bosque won two Champions League titles (2000 and 20002), two La Liga titles (2001 and 2003), the Spanish Supercup (2001), European Supercup (2002) and Intercontinental Cup (2002). Amazingly, even that haul couldn't shield him from the notorious Bernabeu in-fighting, and Del Bosque left after rejecting a move upstairs to become technical director.
February 1999-November 1999
P37 W19 D9 L9
The Welshman won the league during his first spell at the Bernabeu in 1990, but his second spell was less noteworthy. He did manage to raise a few smiles in his press conferences, though, mainly by offering up literal translations of quirky English phrases like Hay más posibilidades de ver a un cerdo volando por encima del Bernabéu (translation: 'you're more likely to see a pig flying over the Bernabéu').