7 Real Madrid Managers Who Received the Boot Despite Winning Major Honours for Los Blancos

After a lacklustre start to the season (by their own high standards), which has left Real Madrid trailing behind rivals Barcelona in third place, coach Zinedine Zidane is under some real pressure to succeed despite his amazing start to his career as Los Merengues coach.

It's been a peculiar start to the season for a side that last season became the first side to win the Champions league back-to-back since it's inception, but recent success has never stopped the Real board from bringing out the axe when things start to go wrong again.

Here are seven Real Madrid managers from history who have departed despite great achievements...

7. Jorge Valdano

The influential Argentine, who also spent several seasons as sporting director at Real Madrid, won back to back La Liga titles in Madrid.

However, despite running the rule over a team who also won one Copa Del Rey trophy and two UEFA Cups in a short spell as head coach, the World Cup winner was sacked after a poor start during his third season in charge in 1996.

6. Luis Carniglia

Managing the likes of Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás and company, Argentine Luis Carniglia was dominant in his two years in charge. Winning La Liga and back to back European Cups, he got the best out of the dominant team in world football.

However, despite retaining the European Cup in 1959 with a 2-0 win over Reims, he was reportedly sacked for leaving Puskás out of the side.

5. Fabio Capello

One of the most demanding sides in the world, Real Madrid fans and board members at the club expect not just trophies but an entertaining brand of football. Nobody is more aware of this truth than tactician Fabio Capello, who was sacked only eleven days after clinching Los Blancos first title in four seasons in 2007.

Instilling a belief into the side and ensuring they approached the game with a defensive mindset ended the Frank Rijkaard and Ronaldinho era of dominance at Barcelona, but sadly the former England boss could not keep his job because of purists wanting a more expansive brand of attacking football.

4. Carlo Ancelotti

A well-liked and popular manager in world football, Carlo Ancelotti was hired at Real Madrid because of his excellent man management and experience winning the Champions league with AC Milan, an obsession that Real Madrid were keen on breaking.

Chasing down that elusive Decima, Real Madrid finally clinched that tenth Champions League crown, thanks to the fine coaching of the Italian boss. 

Sadly, it wasn't meant to be for Ancelotti, who was sacked the following year following disappointments against Juventus in the Champions League semi-final, while losing the title race with Barcelona.

3. John Toshack

Former Welsh international striker and Liverpool star John Toschack sadly had the misfortune of twice being placed under the guillotine by Los Merengues, leaving the club in 1990 and again in 1999. It was during the World Cup year in 1990 where he received his most surprising exit, waving goodbye to Santiago Bernabeau only months after achieving La Liga success.

Wedged in between two separate spells at Real Sociedad and Deportivo La Coruña, the experienced manager spent over ten years in Spanish football and now covers La Liga games for Sky Sports.

2. Jupp Heynckes

In only one season in charge in Spain, Jupp Heynckes, who also won the treble with Bayern Munich before his recent managerial return to the German giants in an interim capacity, made waves in the Spanish capital.

During the 1997/98 season, the German coach ended a long wait for a European trophy, clinching the Champions League against Juventus in the final to put to bed 22 years of waiting.

However, despite his continental success, finishing fourth behind Blaugrana spelled the end of his tenure, to make way for number one on the list.  

1. Vicente del Bosque

The list of honours for Vicente Del Bosque is unprecedented; a man who is greeted with a hero’s welcome in Spain wherever he goes. The esteemed 66-year-old not only lifted the national teams only World Cup in 2010, but also gave Real Madrid five La Liga titles as a player, while managing the squad to two further titles and two Champions League trophies in three separate spells.

You would think that would give him a permanent job at the club when you consider Arsene Wenger has a job for life at Arsenal, with more than ten years without a Premier League title and never winning the Champions League.

This is Real Madrid and the constant weight of expectation on the shoulders of any man associated with the club was too much, with the ruthless Florentino Perez deciding not to renew his contract one day after lifting Los Blancos 29th La Liga crown.