Santiago Solari’s dismissal as Real Madrid boss has added another name to the list of coaches Florentino Perez has been through.
A number have come and gone at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and we have taken a look at where they are now.
When Florentino won the elections Del Bosque was already in charge at Real Madrid and Los Blancos had won a Champions League and two LaLiga titles, though he was interestingly removed from his position after a league win. Del Bosque is now away from coaching after previously taking Spain to victory in the World Cup in South Africa.
Del Bosque’s replacement was the ‘unknown’ Manchester United coach Queiroz and he lasted less than a year on the Madrid bench before taking over Portugal without any real success. He had been Iran boss since 2011 but took over Colombia in February.
The setback of Queiroz prompted Camacho’s arrival but just a handful of games into the 2004/05 season he was relieved of his duties. After leaving Madrid he took over Benfica before returning to Spain with Osasuna, then turning to China and Gabon’s national teams.
Another Madridista took the reins and lasted just three months before taking over Cadiz in what was his last job as a coach.
Madrid turned to Brazil for a solution to their crisis and a bright start allowed him to start the new season, but he was dismissed in December for poor results. Luxemburgo returned to Brazil where he led Flamengo, Fluminense, Palmeiras and Santos, last working with Recife in 2017.
Lopez Caro was chosen to carry the team forward after Luxemburgo’s sacking but was never dismissed by Florentino Perez, who ended up resigning from his own position as president. After leaving Madrid, Lopez Caro embarked on an extensive career, coaching Racing, Levante, Celta Vigo and then the Spain U21s. He worked in Romania, Saudi Arabia, Oman and now works in the Chinese Super League.
Florentino Perez returned and did it with Pellegrini on the bench but a bad Champions League campaign meant the end for him. The Chilean went to Malaga for the following season, before winning the Premier League at Manchester City. He still works in England, now coaching West Ham.
Another season without success saw Mourinho arrive at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu after a treble with Inter, and he won LaLiga Santander in his first season, the Copa del Rey in his second, but he never made it beyond the Champions League semifinals. A return to Chelsea was calling and he went back to London, winning another Premier League title before being sacked. He worked at Manchester United until being sacked earlier this year.
Arriving as a Champions League specialist to win the tenth title, he duly delivered in his first year on the bench before being dismissed after a poor second term. He spent a year at Bayern Munich and now works back in Serie A with Napoli.
He lasted less than a season at Madrid but Newcastle trusted him to save them from relegation. He failed but has become loved there ever since.
After being dismissed just days ahead of the World Cup for agreeing to join Madrid, there was a lot of pressure on him. But his time at the Bernabeu barely lasted half a season and he was run out of the club after a terrible start to the campaign.
Picking up the reins from Lopetegui, Solari had moments of positivity, even as recently as last month, but back-to-back Clasico defeats and Champions League eliminated brought an end to his time in the role.
Left last May after achieving the amazing feat of three Champions Leagues in three years, and became one of the best coaches in Real Madrid history. As he did when replacing Benitez, he joins the club looking to leave behind a disastrous period.
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