7 greatest Real Madrid managers of all time
#6 Jose Mourinho
It’s rather unfair that Jose Mourinho will forever be remembered for his failure to deliver La Decima than for his very successful spell in charge of the club. ‘The Special One’ took over an underperforming squad in 2010 with the brief to turn them into European champions, but failed to get the job done in three eventful seasons at the club.
The Portuguese tactician, however, has the third best win rate at the club, winning 71.91% of his 178 games in charge of the club. Despite his reputation for being a defensive manager, Real Madrid scored a staggering 475 goals in his time – bested only by Miguel Munoz.
Mourinho ended his Madrid career having won a single La Liga, a Copa del Rey and a Spanish Supercup, but will rarely be remembered for those moments. Instead, alienating dressing room stalwarts like Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas to cause a civil war within the fanbase remains his legacy, as is a controversy-filled rivalry with Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona – which included moments such as the humiliating 5-0 loss in his first El Clasico and the infamous eye-gouging incident with Tito Vilanova.
For all his foibles, Mourinho will certainly never be forgotten in the annals of Real Madrid history.