Luca wrote:Hopefully Real Madrid see sense and give that beautiful man his second CL winner's medal... it'll buy him a bit more time when Mike Ashley gets impatient...
If we look at this subject from a reverse angle, the Spanish coach Rafa Benítez deserves the "loser award" of the season.
Sacked by Real Madrid in January; relegated with Newcastle in May....
That beautiful man can surely buy a lot
of precious medals thanks to the 13,000,000 £ he has earned this
season. 13,000,000 £ for a dismissal and a relegation. Well done,
Joking apart, it's interesting to note
that, out of 61 editions, this is the 6th time in which
the Champions League is lifted by a coach who has replaced another
coach during the season.
1959/60, Real Madrid:
Miguel Muñoz for Manuel Fleitas Solich
Dettmar Cramer for Udo
1981/82, Aston Villa:
for Ron Saunders
1999/00, Real Madrid:
Vicente del Bosque for John Toshack
Roberto Di Matteo for André Villas-Boas
Zinedine Zidane for Rafa Benítez
In 1958/59, Real
Madrid coach was Luis Carniglia, but
Miguel Muñoz led actively the Spanish team over the two quarter
finals versus Wiener Sport-Club, as, at that moment, Carniglia was
hospitalized because of a calculosis.
Olympique de Marseille
replaced Jean Fernandez with Raymond Goethals, but before the group
stage phase, so, technically, not in the proper Champions League tournament.