Julen Lopetegui was sacked after he failed to meet the standards of Real Madrid. Now Santiago Solari has taken charge and is expected to do well at the Bernabeu. He already won 4 straight victories for Madrid as their interim manager. However, it will be tough for Solari to meet the expectations of fans who are used to winning big titles.
Below are Madrid’s 3 best football managers who garnered huge successes for the club.
Zidane enjoyed a greatly successful career as a midfielder for Real Madrid. However, he also achieved great successes when he became a coach. He won three consecutive Champions League titles for Real Madrid and became the first coach in the history of football to achieve such a feat. For Los Blancos, he also won a Liga title along with a Supercopa de Espana.
The Frenchman served as an assistant coach under Carlo Ancelotti before he was appointed as manager of Madrid’s reserve team. And when Rafael Benitez was dismissed, Zidane was given responsibilities of the first team in 2016. That season Real Madrid won the Champions League title by defeating Atletico Madrid in the final. Two more Champions League titles also came to the Bernabeu thanks to the coaching genius of Zinedine Zidane. He resigned shortly after winning his third European title in May 2018.
Vicente del Bosque
Vicente del Bosque is widely regarded as one of the best football managers of all time. He played for Real Madrid in the 70s as a midfielder and later turned to coaching for the same club. Real Madrid witnessed one of its most successful periods during Del Bosque’s reign. In his 4 seasons, the Spanish manager won an incredible 2 Champions League titles and 2 La Liga trophies. He got 104 victories for Madrid out of 186 matches.
Despite his huge successes, Real Madrid did not renew his contract in 2003. This cost Real Madrid as they had to change 7 coaches in the 4 years since the departure of Del Bosque. They also did not win any major trophies until the year 2007. It is also important to mention here that Del Bosque later led Spain to their first-ever FIFA World Cup in 2010.
Miguel Munoz is the longest-serving manager of Real Madrid. He lasted 14 years and 16 seasons at Real Madrid. During that time, he won 9 La Liga titles along with 2 European Cup victories. He was the first person to win the European Cup both as a player and a coach.