Since the turn of the century, it’s safe to say that Real have gone through more than their fair share of managers. Since Florentino Perez took the Los Blancos presidency for the first time, Real average a manager a season, with 13 coming and going since 2002.
In fact, during a spell between June 2003 and December 2005, Real went through four managers, with the longest-serving of those lasting just over 11 months.
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Arguably the most controversial of them all, but one that Real fans would take back in a heartbeat. Jose Mourinho joined the club off the back of Champions League success with Inter, and Los Blancos were hoping he’d revitalise their European form.
The longest-serving manager bar del Bosque, Mourinho brought the La Liga title and Copa del Rey trophy to the Bernabeu, but that 10th Champions League trophy continued to elude them.
At the end of his third season, Mourinho decided to leave Real and return to Chelsea, where he enjoyed further success. A 71.91% win rate puts him right up among the best for the Madrid side.
Now with their third manager in as many months, Real and Vanderlei Luxemburgo had the very difficult job of playing catch-up with Barcelona at the top of the table.
He almost completed what looked like mission impossible as Real finished four points behind Barcelona.
His first full season was a lot less successful, as Real lost five of their first 12 league games and Luxemburgo was sacked. He won 62.22% of his 45 games in charge.
Following Capello’s departure, it was journeyman Bernd Schuster who took the reins at Real, making the step up from Getafe.
His first season in charge saw Real Madrid retain La Liga, beating Villarreal to top spot. There were more European woes for Los Blancos as they were knocked out at an early stage again, and halfway into his second season, Schuster resigned from his role as manager.
Schuster won 44 of his 75 games in charge for a win percentage of 58.68%.
Vicente del Bosque
Del Bosque actually took charge at Real three years prior to Perez’s arrival, but his final season was Perez’s first with the club.
In four years, del Bosque won two La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies, making him one of the greatest managers in the club’s history.
His final season saw Real win the treble, and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. Despite this, a win percentage of 54.5% across the four years is the second lowest in the Perez era.
Juan Ramón López Caro
Caro was brought in as a short-term replacement to Luxemburgo, and only lasted until the end of the 2005-06 season.
Under his leadership, Real went on a run of six draws in seven games, but lost just two league games for the rest of the season.
A Champions League last 16 defeat to Arsenal and almost as many draws as wins ultimately cost Caro the chance of an extension. He won exactly half of his 24 games in charge.
An odd appointment considering a dismal end to his Tottenham spell, Juande Ramos took charge of the Real Madrid team until the end of the 2008/09 season.
Following the 2-0 El Clasico defeat on his return to La Liga, Real went on an 18-match unbeaten run in the league, dropping two points in that time.
They lost their last five games of the season and Ramos didn’t have his contract extended. He did win 66.67% of his games in charge, one of the best records of any Real manager.
Another one-season manager, but perhaps the most impressive of those who failed to win a trophy.
Real were out of the cup competitions easily, but in the league, they followed Barcelona right down to the wire. 38 games, 96 points and 102 league goals still wasn’t enough for a 32nd league title.
Pellegrini was responsible for breaking the world transfer record twice in one window, bringing in Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo. Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso were other Pellegrini signings.
He won 75% of his games in charge of Real Madrid, the highest of any manager at the club in the 21st century.
José Antonio Camacho
Possibly a lesser-known manager among those who weren’t too into La Liga before 2004, but José Antonio Camacho lasted just six games and 115 days before leaving his post.
He oversaw four wins and two defeats, one of which was a 3-0 humbling against Bayer Leverkusen. His win % of 66.7% wasn’t bettered until 2009.
A Real fan, former player and coach at the club, Rafa Benitez looked to be a perfect fit for the club. Tactics-wise, however, it was quite the mismatch.
6-0, 8-0 and 10-2 wins were achieved by Benitez, but the club’s embarrassing Copa del Rey fiasco which saw them kicked out at the round of 32, along with a struggle to keep up with Barcelona in La Liga, saw him sacked at the start of 2016.
Despite this, he lost just three times in the 25 games he took charge of, scoring close to three goals a game.
Quieroz’s one and only season ended in huge disappointment, as the club failed to retain any of the three trophies won in the previous season, finishing fourth in La Liga.
Real lost 10 league games in that season, and Quieroz’s jump from being assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson to managing Real Madrid ended in failure. With 34 wins from 59 games, Queiroz has a win percentage of 57.6%.
Mariano García Remón
Mariano García Remón spent 17 years in the Real Madrid first-team as a player, and was quickly put in place to replace Camacho.
As with Camacho, however, little success was had, and just three months into the job, Remón was sacked by Real Madrid. He won 12 of his 20 games in charge.
It took them 12 years and a lot of heartache along the way, but Real finally found the man to help them to La Decima.
Carlo Ancelotti couldn’t bring another league title in his two seasons with Real, but a Copa del Rey trophy along with the Champions League, wasn’t enough to keep Ancelotti in a job at the end of last season.
Many argue his sacking was unfair, and just 16 defeats in 119 games does a good job of justifying that argument.
Another case of a former Real player taking the managerial role. Zidane replaced Benitez at the helm, and the two have shared almost identical starts to their careers at Real.
Los Blancos have now slipped 12 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, but are looking strong in the Champions League.
A 75% win percentage (nine from 12 games) is a promising start for Zidane in his first venture into top-flight management.
Another one-season manager in the form of Fabio Capello, but one which finally brought trophies back to Real.
Capello secured Real’s first La Liga trophy in three years, beating Barcelona by virtue of head-to-head record. The Champions League and Copa del Rey were failures, with Real being knocked out in the last 16 of both.
Real won 28 of their 50 games under Capello, giving him a win percentage of 56%.
|Vicente del Bosque||78%|
|Mariano García Remón||9%|
|José Antonio Camacho||6%|
|Juan Ramón López Caro||4%|