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5 managers unfairly sacked by Real Madrid

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Real Madrid Presents Manuel Pellegrini As New Coach

Real Madrid is among the biggest football clubs in the world. Managing expectations and pressures in such an environment are extremely challenging. Some very illustrious managers have taken reins at the club and many of those have been shown the door unceremoniously.

Many times, winning the Liga Liga and even the Champions League has not been enough for the club management that went through eight different managers between 2003 and 2010, before when Jose Mourinho finally took charge.

Here's a look at 5 very unfair managerial sackings made by Real Madrid:

#5 Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini's sacking as Real Madrid manager did not look like a terrible decision at first glance. He failed to win a trophy in his only season with the club and lost the league to Barcelona after Ronaldo and Kaka joined the club in summer for €150 million.

However, when you look closer, you realize that Pellegrini finished the season in second place behind an all-conquering Barcelona, which was at the beginning of the Pep revolution. Madrid finished with 96 points, a club record at that point, which was only three points behind the Catalan Giants' 99.

While Real Madrid were eliminated in the Champions League by eventual Semi-Finalists Olympique Lyonnais in the Round of 16, their league form clearly indicated that the team was playing for Pellegrini and could keep pace with Barcelona.

Fiorentino Perez, who had appointed him, however, did not think it was enough and replaced him with Mourinho. He later admitted that the only real reason Pellegrini was sacked was that Mourinho was suddenly available to manage the Spanish club.

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