Ranking Florentino Perez's Shortest-Serving Managers at Real Madrid
After seven months in charge at Real Madrid, Rafa Benitez will join Jose Mourinho, Brendan Rodgers and, er, Tim Sherwood on the proverbial managerial substitutes bench.
The former Real Madrid Castilla coach was replaced by the most recent Castilla coach Zinedine Zidane following a season in which he won 17 of his 25 games in charge (as per Squakwa), scoring a league-leading 47 goals in the process.
In his two tenures as club president, Florentino Perez has hired 11 managers, only three of whom have last more than a season.
In that time, he has also invested more than a billion Euros in transfers for a return of two league titles, a Copa del Rey and two European Cups (as per the Telegraph).
Here are the eight managers who lasted a season or less under Perez, ranked by the amount of games they were allowed to take charge of...
Carlos Queiroz (59 Matches, 2003-04)
Sandwiched between spells as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United, Carlos Queiroz managed Madrid for the entire 2003-04 campaign, arriving in Spain from Manchester a week after David Beckham.
Queiroz's Galacticos started well—they won the Clasico at the Camp Nou in December—but the season did not end well. His side lost to Barca in the fifth-from-last league game and then went on to lose all remaining matches, finishing fourth.
A Champions League quarter-final exit to Monaco did not help the inevitable.
Manuel Pellegrini (48 Games, 2009-10)
Perez's first appointment of his second reign as Real Madrid president was Manuel Pellegrini, who was poached from a successful spell at Villarreal. The Chilean was gifted both Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2009-10 season—and big things were expected.
However, Pellegrini's side ended up missing out on the Liga title to Barcelona on the final day. Furthermore, his star-studded side lost both league Clasicos, were ejected from the Champions League round of 16 by Lyon and fell at the first hurdle in the Copa del Rey thanks an an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to minnows Alcorcon.
He had to go.
Vanderlei Luxemburgo (45 Games, 2004-05)
Vanderlei Luxemburgo has enjoyed no fewer than 32 managerial appointments, including a stint with Real Madrid when Mariano Garcia Remon's (more on him later) short stint in charge came to an end.
The well-travelled Brazilian arrived for the second half of 2004-05 but was sacked the following season, shortly after a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in November 2005—the one where Ronaldinho was so good that the Madrid fans gave him a standing ovation.
As many managers in this list have discovered, a big loss to Barca is usually a kiss of death for a coach at the Bernabeu.
Juande Ramos (27 Games, 2008-09)
Juande Ramos isn't terribly popular in certain parts of north London. However, the disastrous conclusion of his time at Tottenham led immediately to an appointment at the Bernabeu in December 2008.
His first game in charge was a 2-0 loss at the Camp Nou, but he went on to win 17 of his next 18 Liga games.
However, a 6-2 loss at home to Barcelona in May 2009 was proceeded by four consecutive losses that ruled Madrid out of the title race and put Ramos out of a job.
(Interestingly, Carlos Queiroz also lost his job in the exact same circumstances: a defeat to Barcelona that started a five-game losing streak to conclude the 2003-04 season.)
Rafa Benitez (25 Games, 2015)
And so we reach Mr Benitez, who arrived at the Bernabeu on June 3 to undertake his "dream job."
Most neutral observers failed to see how Benitez was an upgrade on Carlo Ancelotti, but his side went undefeated until November, racking up 5-0 and 6-0 wins over Betis and Espanyol along the way.
Despite managing a whopping 25 goals in his last four home games—and achieving a win percentage of 69.57—Benitez was dismissed in favour of club legend Zinedine Zidane on Monday.
Juan Ramon Lopez Caro (24 Games, 2006)
Perez's final appointment before resigning in February 2006 was Juan Ramon Lopez Caro. Like Zidane, he stepped up from coaching the Castilla side and lasted until the end of the 2005-06 campaign, winning just half of his 24 games in charge.
Mariano Garcia Remon (20 Games, 2004)
Mariano Garcia Remon won La Liga six times with Los Blancos as their always reliable goalkeeper for 16 seasons. He was promoted from assistant to first-team manager in 2004 when Jose Antonio Camacho (more on him shortly) left his post.
But the former shot-stopper was out before Christmas, having guided the team to a 3-0 loss at the Camp Nou.
Jose Antonio Camacho (6 Games, 2004)
Former Madrid defender Jose Antonio Camacho was given a two-year contract by Perez in the summer of 2004, fresh from a spell at Benfica where his team beat Jose Mourinho's Porto in the Portuguese Cup.
Camacho, however, resigned after just three league games in charge of the likes of Zidane, Beckham and Roberto Carlos, admitting the performances were not good enough.
Interestingly, this was his second stint as Madrid manager: He was given the job in 1998 but left after three weeks without taking charge of a single game after falling out with the board. Clearly, both he and the club learned nothing from that experience.