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Who is the current Real Madrid coach?

Carlo Ancelotti is the current Real Madrid coach. However, there is plenty of doubt and shadow on the future of the veteran Italian manager as Madrid are underperforming according to their own high standards.

Ancelotti led Real Madrid to the UEFA Champions League title for the 14th time in their history last season and even conquered La Liga. However, his side have not been able to keep up with Barcelona’s dominance in the league and have already fallen far behind in the title race.

Los Blancos are still alive in the Champions League race and recently demolished Liverpool 6-2 on aggregate, which included a 5-2 comeback victory at Anfield from being two goals down, to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition. They also dealt their arch-rivals Barcelona a 4-1 aggregate defeat to make it to the final of the Copa del Rey where they will take on Osasuna.

Real Madrid Coach: Full list

ManagerNat.FromToGamesWonDrawLossWin %Honours
Arthur JohnsonIreland1910192023113947.831 Copa del Rey
Juan de CárcerSpain19201926221021045.45
Pedro Llorente (Interim)Spain192619260000
Santiago BernabéuSpain19261927850362.5
José BerraondoSpain19271929412741065.85
José QuiranteSpain192919301873838.89
Lippo HertzkaHungary1930193252261511501 La Liga
Robert FirthEngland19321934453051066.671 La Liga
Francisco BruSpain1934194111871133460.172 Copa del Rey
Juan ArmetSpain1941September 1943462371650
Ramón EncinasSpainSeptember 1943May 19458445152453.57
Jacinto QuincocesSpainMay 1945March 1946351810751.431 Copa del Rey
Baltasar AlbénizSpainMarch 1946April 1947351851251.431 Copa del Rey
Jacinto QuincocesSpainApril 1947January 19481754829.41
Michael KeepingEnglandJanuary 1948October 19508237202545.121 Copa Eva Duarte
Baltasar AlbénizSpainOctober 1950March 19511672743.75
Héctor ScaroneUruguayMarch 1951April 19524825101352.08
Juan Antonio IpiñaSpainApril 1952May 1953342121161.76
Enrique FernándezUruguayMay 195310 December 19545031811621 La Liga
José VillalongaSpain10 December 1954June 195710566142562.862 La Liga2 UEFA Champions League
Luis CarnigliaArgentinaJune 195719 February 1959684811970.591 La Liga1 UEFA Champions League
Miguel MuñozSpain21 February 195913 April 1959952255.56
Luis CarnigliaArgentina13 April 1959July 19591381461.541 UEFA Champions League
Manuel FleitasParaguayJuly 195912 April 196033234669.7
Miguel MuñozSpain13 April 196015 January 197459535212611759.169 La Liga2 Copa del Rey2 UEFA Champions League1 Intercontinental Cup
Luis MolownySpain15 January 1974May 197423132856.521 Copa del Rey
Miljan MiljanićYugoslaviaMay 19747 September 1977134673631502 La Liga1 Copa del Rey
Luis MolownySpain7 September 1977June 19799051241556.672 La Liga
Vujadin BoškovYugoslaviaJune 197929 March 198213980312857.551 La Liga1 Copa del Rey
Luis MolownySpain29 March 198230 June 1982641166.671 Copa del Rey
Alfredo Di StéfanoArgentina1 July 198222 May 198410863232258.33
Amancio AmaroSpain22 May 198416 April 19854719131540.43
Luis MolownySpain16 April 198530 June 1986613971563.931 La Liga1 Copa de la Liga2 UEFA Europa League
Leo BeenhakkerThe Netherlands1 July 198630 June 1989169107402263.313 La Liga1 Copa del Rey2 Supercopa de España
John ToshackWales1 July 198919 November 1990644115864.061 La Liga
Alfredo Di StéfanoArgentina21 November 199022 March 19912193942.861 Supercopa de España
Radomir AntićYugoslavia22 March 199127 January 199239276669.23
Leo BeenhakkerSpain27 January 199229 June 199228147750
Benito FloroSpain1 July 19927 March 19949252211956.521 Copa del Rey1 Supercopa de España
Vicente del BosqueSpain7 March 199430 June 19941252541.67
Jorge ValdanoSpain1 July 199421 January 199678391722501 La Liga
Vicente del BosqueSpain21 January 199624 January 19961100100
Arsenio IglesiasSpain24 January 199629 May 199621114652.38
Fabio CapelloItaly1 July 199624 June 1997483112564.581 La Liga
Jupp HeynckesGermany25 June 199728 May 19985326151249.061 Supercopa de España1 UEFA Champions League
José Antonio CamachoSpain17 June 19989 July 19980000
Guus HiddinkThe Netherlands15 July 199823 February 1999341941155.881 Intercontinental Cup
John ToshackWales24 February 199917 November 199937199951.35
Vicente del BosqueSpain17 November 199923 June 2003233127565054.512 La Liga1 Supercopa de España2 UEFA Champions League1 UEFA Super Cup1 Intercontinental Cup
Carlos QueirozPortugal25 June 200324 May 20045934111457.631 Supercopa de España
José Antonio CamachoSpain25 May 200420 September 2004640266.67
Mariano García RemónSpain20 September 200430 December 200420124460
Vanderlei LuxemburgoBrazil30 December 20044 December 2005452871062.22
Juan Ramón López CaroSpain4 December 20051 June 200624129350
Fabio CapelloItaly5 July 200628 June 200750281210561 La Liga
Bernd SchusterGermany9 July 20079 December 2008754492258.671 La Liga1 Supercopa de España
Juande Ramos9 December 20081 June 200927181866.67
Manuel PellegriniChile2 June 200926 May 201048365775
José MourinhoPortugal31 May 20101 June 2013178128282271.911 La Liga1 Copa del Rey1 Supercopa de España
Carlo AncelottiItaly25 June 201325 May 201511989141674.791 Copa del Rey1 UEFA Champions League1 UEFA Super Cup1 FIFA Club World Cup
Rafael BenítezSpain3 June 20154 January 201625175368
Zinedine ZidaneFrance4 January 201631 May 2018149104291669.81 La Liga1 Supercopa de España3 UEFA Champions League2 UEFA Super Cup2 FIFA Club World Cup
Julen Lopetegui12 June 201829 October 20181462642.86
Santiago SolariArgentina30 October 201811 March 201932222868.751 FIFA Club World Cup
Zinedine ZidaneFrance11 March 2019[4]27 May 202111469252060.531 La Liga1 Supercopa de España
Carlo AncelottiItaly1 June 2021Present10574141770.481 La Liga1 Supercopa de España1 UEFA Champions League1 UEFA Super Cup1 FIFA Club World Cup

With that being said, the standards at Real Madrid are completely different and several people are of the opinion that Carlo Ancelotti has done as much as he can. As a result, questions regarding his future are extremely common with Real Madrid media and it is also believed that the club are preparing a list of names to replace him at the managerial position.

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Let’s discuss the names who have the greatest chance of becoming the next coach of Real Madrid, one of the biggest clubs in world football:

Real Madrid coach: Top 5 candidates

CoachAgeNationalityCurrent roleClubs previously managedMajor successes
Zinedine Zidane50FranceInactiveReal MadridUEFA Champions League, La Liga
Raul Gonzalez45SpainReal Madrid U19 caretaker managerReal Madrid youth sidesUEFA Youth League
Mauricio Pochettino51ArgentinaInactiveTottenham Hotspur, Paris Saint-GermainLigue 1, Coupe de France
Julian Nagelsmann35GermanyInactiveRB Leipzig, Bayern MunichBundesliga
Thomas Tuchel49GermanyBayern Munich managerParis Saint-Germain, ChelseaUEFA Champions League, Ligue 1

Zinedine Zidane

It’s very natural that Zinedine Zidane is the first name that props up whenever Real Madrid suffers from a lack of faith in a manager and wants an immediate solution. Zidane has been the crisis man for Real Madrid in the past. He had already played the role to replace Ancelotti just after the Italian manager led the club to its much-coveted La Decima Champions League title.

The French midfield maestro built on that legacy by delivering another three Champions League trophies on the trot. In his second stint with Real Madrid, he led them to another La Liga title. Since being sacked for the second time in 2021 and replaced by Ancelotti, Zidane hasn’t taken up a managerial position despite getting several offers.

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It remains to be seen whether Los Blancos turn to their legendary figure for a third time because of a lack in alternatives who can lead to title-winning results almost immediately.

Raul Gonzalez

If Zinedine Zidane is a solution that is capable of producing immediate results, Raul Gonzalez lies on the other end of the spectrum. Raul has only recently begun his career in management and so far, he has only handled youth sides and hasn’t been in charge of a senior team. He managed Real Madrid B team since 2020 and is currently the caretaker manager of the U19 side.

He had led the youth team to win the UEFA Youth League title in 2020 and his squad is in the playoffs spot in Spain’s third division. While his performances with the Castilla side hasn’t exactly earned plenty of media coverage, consistent results may help him emulate Zidane’s career where he first started out as a Real Madrid youth coach and went on to helm the senior team. However, Madrid need to be careful that they don’t rush him into the pressure of first-team management before he is well prepared.

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino is another manager who has been without a club since being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2021/22 season. Pochettino’s time at PSG was chaotic and disappointing. Although he did lead them to the Ligue 1 title in 2021/22, they also lost to Lille and struggled in the Champions League. Pochettino was also blamed for not utilising his front three of Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, and Neymar well enough.

However, Pochettino had overachieved in his previous stint as Tottenham Hotspur manager and consistently produced strong results despite little investment into the squad. The Argentine also played a great brand of football in the Premier League and also has a knack of developing youth players, all of which might work in his favour if Real Madrid do decide to take a closer look at the former Espanyol coach.

Julian Nagelsmann

Julian Nagelsmann only recently finds himself without a job after surprisingly getting sacked by Bayern Munich in March this year. The move came out of the blue given that Nagelsmann had already delivered the Bundesliga title in his first season and was also doing well this year. Bayern are title challengers once again and are also going strong in the UEFA Champions League.

However, Nagelsmann’s inexperience (he is only 35 years old) may have played against him as reports suggest that there was a lack of command and respect in the dressing room. This could be one of the reasons that might put Real Madrid off as well given that their dressing room has some of the best players in the world, and with it some of the biggest egos who need managing.

Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel is the most unlikely name on the list. Tuchel had been sacked by Chelsea in September 2022 after falling out of favour with new owner Todd Boehly. Since then, he had been without a club before receiving the call from Bayern Munich who have decided to replace Julian Nagelsmann with Tuchel. Tuchel obviously has a great track record in German football where he achieved a lot of success with Borussia Dortmund.

He is a Champions League-winning manager with Chelsea and Tuchel also has the experience of working with some of the biggest stars in world football following his stint with Paris Saint-Germain. However, given that he took over the Bayern job only recently, it is extremely improbable that he will be available for a new role this summer.

FAQs

Who is the current Real Madrid coach?

The current coach of Real Madrid is Carlo Ancelotti.

Who is the assistant coach at Real Madrid?

Carlo Ancelotti’s son Davide Ancelotti is the assistant coach at Real Madrid.

Who was the last Real Madrid coach to be sacked?

Zinedine Zidane was the last coach of Real Madrid to be sacked and he got replaced by Carlo Ancelotti instead.

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