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Didn’t See That One Coming…Ramos and Real

They say that football is an unpredictable game and that was epitomised earlier today, as former Spurs boss Juande Ramos was appointed manager of Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Real Madrid are currently lying at 5th place in the Spanish league, a whole 9 points behind arch enemies Barcelona. Ironically, the final nail in the coffin for Bernd Schuster, the former Madrid manager, was a 4-3 defeat to Juande’s former club, Sevilla.

Real Madrid were also recently knocked out of the Copa Del Rey by Real Union, an embarresment for a team of Real’s riches.

Bernt Schuster joined Madrid a year and a half ago, after Capello faced the bullet despite winning the league for Real. He instantly retained the league title whilst playing some impressive football, but has obviously found retaining the title for the third year very difficult.

Things began to turn for Schuster when his own players began to speak out against his regime. Iker Casillas was one of the first to slam the manager telling journalists of the poor dressing room atmosphere.

“We are going through a bad run. Defensively we are vulnerable – and I’m the first (to blame).

“At the moment it seems that our opponents will have three chances and score three goals and it’s clear that we are all to blame.

“I have been 10 seasons in the Primera Liga and this, for now, is the worst start I have had.”

Injured striker Ruud Van Nistlerooy also admitted to Spanish journalists that things were; “a bit crappy” at Madrid.

The sacking is a blow to Real Madrid fan’s desperately seeking stability. For a while, in 2007, it looked like Madrid had found the stability they craved. Fabio Capello had been appointed and new players like Cannavaro, Reyes, Diarra and Van Nistlerooysignalled a bright future. Coupled with the new arrival of a club president and things looked good for Madrid.

I in particular remember the FourFourTwo magazine cover of that year, an issue featuring the new Madrid players, manager and board headlined; “THE REAL MADRID REVELUTION!”

Alas, it seems like the itchy trigger finger curse at Madrid has once again boiled to the surface.

Ramos takes over amidst some surprise; not that the Real Madrid board appointed him (after all, he is well respected in Spain after transforming Sevilla from relegation fooder to UEFA Cup winners), but that he took the job. He is only on a short contract and the Real Madrid board are notorious for sacking managers. How long will he last?

The first thing Ramos will have to address is the appalling Madrid injury list. Ruud van Nistelrooy, Gabriel Heinze, Pepe, Wesley Sneijder, Miguel Torres and Ruben de la Red are all out, meaning Ramos will probably have to play players out of position.

So in short, Ramos is all set to face his biggest challenge yet and, after failing at Tottenham, he’s really in need of some success.

Below I’ll just list

  • Fabio Capello: 1996-1997
  • Jupp Heynckes: 1997-1998
  • Guus Hiddink: 1998-1999
  • Vicente Del Bosque: 1999-2003
  • Carlos Queiroz: 2003-2004
  • Jose Antonio Camacho: 2004
  • Mariano Garcia Remon: 2004
  • Vanderlei Luxemburgo: 2004-2005
  • Juan Ramon Lopez Caro: 2005-2006
  • Fabio Capello: 2006-2007
  • Bernd Schuster: 2007-2008
  • Juande Ramos: 2008-?

The simple fact that Madrid have had 12 managers in the last 10 years is simply awful, working out at a new manager arriving every 8 months or so. 2004 was definitely their worst year, 4 managers in a  year…

Oh, and one more thing. Isn’t it time to change your name now Juandeful?? Wouldn’t want people thinking your a Real Madrid fan!!!!

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