Top Best Spanish Managers of All Time (part 1)

Spanish managers have always been among the finest in world football with their winning percentage, and more importantly their ideals that help educate, inspire, challenge football players and in many ways determined football’s current landscape. All of the current achievements thanks to a number of outstanding coaches from the past.

This post aim to rank the greatest Spanish managers of all time. It is inspiring to respect the achievements of those who did not have the chance to lead Manchester City,Real Madrid or Barcelona, however should not being underestimated the silverware won by those who did.

Juande Ramos

Much of Sevilla’s achievements over the past two decades has Monchi, the club’s sporting director to thank for. However, while his transfer contracts and long-term strategising has had an immersive impact on the Andalusian side’s progress, some credits must be given to Juande Ramos for kicking off an exciting new era. Ramos did not have much success as a player as he stuck around Spain’s lower leagues before retiring at the age of 28 – however, as becoming a manager, he somehow worked his way up to La Liga through much success at Barcelona’s B team and Rayo Vallecano. In two seasons as Sevilla head manager, from 2005 to 2007, he led the club to win two consecutive UEFA Cup, one European Super Cup, one Spanish Cup and one Spanish Super Cup, reach the third place in La Liga in 2006/07, where they ended up just five points behind the champions Real Madrid.

However, a disappointing spell in England with Tottenham Hotspur degraded Ramos’ reputation, but fortunately, he has gone on to do respectable work with Real Madrid and Ukrainian side Dnipro since then.

Javier Irureta

56 of 85 Spanish league title go to one of two clubs – Barcelona or Real Madrid. However, in 1999/2000 Deportivo La Coruña broke the tradition to win their first-ever championship thanks to the leadership of Javier Irureta. The manager behind the unexpected success of Deportivo La Coruña, also made his name by leading unfashionable clubs such as Real Oviedo and Celta Vigo to continental qualification.

Over the next two seasons, he led Depor to two runners-up medals in the league and one Copa del Rey win, reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League twice, winning over Manchester United, Arsenal and Juventus in the process.