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The Worst La Liga Managers Ever: Real Madrid Tops All Lists, Even the Bad Ones

  • From hero to zero to hero: Benitez was a definite failure
  • Messi appointed Tata Martino for Barca?
  • SkySports expert Gary Neville might not be such an expert...
  • Schuster didn't believe in himself, nor his team
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We tried to make the impossible possible upon listing the worst La Liga manages of all time, who ever coached in one of the strongest leagues in the world. Let’s see which names we came up with!

Those who write online betting news in Spain are quite proud people. They rarely talk about the failures that happened to the country. They try to hide and forget about the worst La Liga managers ever. Even we wrote about the best La Liga managers. But not many knows about the weirdest people managing incredibly famous teams like Real Madrid or Barcelona. And lately, luckily for them, they don’t have to worry about such things.

Both Spanish giants are doing amazingly well compared to previous years. That is partially because these teams stopped hiring amateurs for the manager’s role. The Presidents finally realized the importance of this job. However, we fell nostalgic, so we will try to come up with the most absurd people. Let’s take a look at the worst La Liga managers ever!

Rafa Benitez quickly lost pace with Real Madrid…

We named Rafa in our list of worst Premier League manages ever, and there is no way in hell that we can leave his name out of the list of the worst La Liga managers ever. He replaced La Decima winner Carlo Ancelotti at the helm of Real Madrid and his lack of professionalism was obvious from Day 1. The players didn’t respect him, the fans hated him, but at least the President loved him enough to keep him on board for several months.

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The Waiter. Image source: Ronnie Macdonald [CC BY 2.0] / Wikimedia Commons

Gerardo Martino: Messi’s man among the worst football managers in Spain

Barcelona appointed Gerardo Martino as a replacement for Tito Vilanova back in 2013. Some mean rumours started flying around, suggesting that he was hired because Messi wanted him to manage Barcelona. Legends (and official birth certificates) say they were from the same village in Argentina. It seems like a dream couple, doesn’t it? However, Tata Martino didn’t make much history at the Blaugrana. He won the Spanish Super Cup, but finished runner-up in Copa del Rey as well as La Liga, despite the predictions by online sportsbooks in Spain. Due to his failed season, he stepped down of the position in a year. Not many Cules miss the Argentine. He was one of the bad managers in Spain.

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“But Messi said it would be okay…” Image source: Wikipedia
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A popular guy and… Juan Ramon Lopez Caro. Image source: Alhosniomani20 at English Wikipedia [Public domain] / Wikimedia Commons

Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, a hero in the first Perez era

An iconic hero. Or an ironic hero, rather this one. He was a perfect example of how the first Perez era of Real Madrid functioned. No quality defensive players and chaos in management. That’s what was perfectly represented by this man, who managed several other La liga clubs, such as Mallorca, Racing Santander, Levante and Celta Vigo. Currently he is happy with his new job at Dalian Yifang. Definitely one of the worst La Liga managers of all time.

Gary Neville, the Valencian Messiah

Nobody understood why Valencia decided to appoint Gary Neville as the head coach, but the Devils did so. And they thought it was a great idea. They actually expected success from a guy who has no real experience and nobody knows what he is capable of. Well, taking a risk, the Valencian directive board is full of gamblers. But not the winner types: Gary Neville needed ten league games to win his first game, but it didn’t help much. They were eliminated from Europa League and stood in the 14th position in La Liga when Valencia finally sacked this genius. Definitely one of the worst managers in La Liga history.

Bernd Schuster, great player, horrible manager

Remember Bernd Schuster? He was one of the selected few who played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid. Upon becoming manager, he only got to sit down to the bench at Galacticos, and he even won La Liga for Los Blancos. However, he was obviously not the right man for the job. He has manager Real Madrid for a year and a half before they got rid of him. It happened just before El Clásico. Interview, he said, Real Madrid have no realistic chances of beating Barcelona, so they just have to accept that they are going to lose. Juande Ramos replaced the German and guess what? Real did lose, 2-0, as expected by all online sportsbooks at that point.

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“We don’t have a chance” Image source: mustapha ennaimi from casablanca, maroc [CC BY 2.0] / Wikimedia Commons

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