Real Madrid´s newly appointed coach Julen Lopetegui (L) poses with Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez during his official presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on June 14, 2018. - Just a day after he was sacked on the eve of the World Cup, former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui arrived in Madrid to be officially presented as Real Madrid's new manager. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

Real Madrid's Shortest Ever Managerial Tenures Following Julen Lopetegui's Exit

Real Madrid have a long history of success with some very decorated managers. 


However, at a club with an insatiable need to win like Real Madrid you don't get too long to get things right. Patience and loyalty are not the words that immediately spring to mind when describing Los Blancos' policy regarding coaches.


The longest serving manager in Madrid's history, Miguel Munoz, enjoyed 16 seasons at the club between 1960 and 1974, but there are quite a few who have managed significantly less.


Julen Lopetegui has joined the ignominious list of short-term stays in football's hottest of hot seats, following his exit on Monday night. Here is a look at the seven shortest managerial tenures at Real Madrid

7. Juan Ramon Lopez Caro - 178 days

One of Florentino Perez's appointments during his first spell as president at Real Madrid back in 2005. 


Similar to Zinedine Zidane, Lopez Caro stepped up from coaching Real Madrid Castillo (the club's B team). He replaced Vanderlei Luxemburgo following his sacking in December 2005, but he only lasted until the end of the season with just 24 competitive fixtures under his belt. 


Madrid won just 12 of their 24 games with Lopez Caro in charge. He went on to manage Racing Santander, Levante, Saudi Arabia, Oman and is currently the boss at Shenzhen FC in the Chinese second tier.

6. Juande Ramos - 174 days

Ramos was a surprise appointment at Madrid on 9 December 2008, following a failed spell at Tottenham Hotspur.


The former Sevilla coach enjoyed a very successful start to his managerial career at Real Madrid, as he managed to obtain 52 points out of a possible 54 to bring Madrid back into the title race.


However, a 2-6 defeat in the Clásico, followed by four successive defeats left Los Blancos nine points off their rivals Barcelona come the end of the season, as Ramos was dismissed. 


His final statistics of 18 wins, one draw and eight losses ended his tenure as manager.


He has since managed at CSKA Moscow, Dnipro and Malaga.

5. Julen Lopetegui - 139 Days

Lopetegui was appointed on 12 June 2018, on the eve of Spain's World Cup campaign, causing the incoming Real Madrid boss to lose his job with the national team in the most dramatic of circumstances.


Following Zinedine Zidane was also going to be a tough act (particularly without Cristiano Ronaldo) and Lopetegui lasted for just 14 competitive fixtures, before a 5-1 loss in El Clásico ultimately sealed his fate.


Madrid won just 14 of a possible 30 points in La Liga under Lopetegui, and currently sit ninth in the table - closer to the relegation zone than to rivals Barcelona at the league's summit.

4. Arsenio Iglesias - 126 Days

Iglesias took over from Jorge Valdano mid-season in 1996 and lasted just 126 days in charge before being sacked. 


He was a legendary manager in Spain with Deportivo La Coruña, leading 'Super Depor' to the Copa del Rey in 1995, but struggled in charge at Madrid, despite having a squad that included the likes of Fernando Hierro, Michael Laudrup and Fernando Redondo (pictured). 


He was appointed on 24 January 1996 and was in charge for 21 games. His tenure resulted in 11 wins, four draws and six defeats before he was sacked in May, after Real finished sixth 17 points behind eventual winners Atletico Madrid. 

3. Jose Antonio Camacho - 115 Days

Hugely successful as a Real Madrid player, Camacho never really transformed that success into management in either of his two short spells at the helm of Los Blancos.


The nine-time La Liga-winning full back took charge of Real for a second time (more on his first stint later) back in 2004.


He lasted just 115 days and resigned after a week in which his side suffered bruising losses to Bayer Leverkusen and Espanyol.


He returned to former club Benfica and has since had stints as national team manager at China and Gabon.

2. Mariano Garcia Remon - 101 Days

Remon played much of his career as a goalkeeper for Real Madrid between the years of 1970 and 1986, winning six La Liga titles.


He quickly transitioned over to management following his playing career, starting at Real Madrid's B team. 


After several years in management across Spain he was appointed as assistant coach to Jose Antonio Camacho in 2004. 


Camacho resigned weeks into his post and in September of the 2004/05 season, Remon became the head coach. Remon took the helm until Christmas before he too was sacked due to a perceived lack of success. 


After just 20 competitive fixtures, Remon had won 12.

1. Jose Antonio Camacho - 23 Days

If you thought Camacho's second spell went poorly, his first spell was something else.


His first stint at the club which will live long in the record books for all the wrong reasons as he lasted a mere 23 days between June and July 1998 before he walked out without even taking charge of a single match. 


Camacho left after the president at the time, Lorenzo Sanz, wouldn't let him choose his own backroom staff. He apparently also struggled to control the dressing room insisting Madrid's stars had attitude problems, as he clashed with the club's 'Galactico' culture.