How Spanish managers have fared in the Premier League

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Gary Neville and David Moyes are part of a new wave of British managers who fancy their chances in warmer climates, but should their journeys be so unusual?

Spanish managers have been marking their territory on British soil for years now, so it only seems fair that we're sending some of our guys their way.

Whilst the Brits have struggled in Spain so far, the Spaniards have had mixed success in the Premier League - let's take a look at some of Spain's managerial flops and hits.


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Juande Ramos

While things were still going rather well for Juande Ramos at Tottenham, he told El Mundo in an interview that the players referred to him as the 'Perfect One'. Either Ramos' comments were ill-timed or the players didn't like what he said, because that revelation seemed to provoke a downward spiral in Spurs' form.

Things didn't get much better for Ramos - he was sacked months later with Tottenham bottom of the Premier League. It wasn't all bad for the self-proclaimed Perfect One, however; before that demise he had enjoyed some success at White Hart Lane.

Ramos inspired Tottenham to their first major trophy for nine years after defeating Chelsea in the 2008 Carling Cup final. A definite highlight for Ramos, but not enough to salvage his reputation among Spurs fans.

Verdict: Flop

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez has only ever managed in England, so he holds a slight advantage over the rest of his compatriots. However, where Martinez doesn't have an advantage is where he started; it's hard to imagine Rafael Benitez hollering instructions from the dugout at Swansea. 

After his impressive stint in south Wales, Martinez had mixed success at Wigan; he brought them their first trophy in 81 years after defying the odds with a 1-0 FA Cup victory over Manchester City, but that season was tainted with the eventual relegation to the Championship. 

Considering his heroics at Wigan and the fine start he has made to his Everton career, Martinez should be delighted with the strides he's making as a manager.

Verdict: Hit

Rafael Benitez

In terms of trophies, Benitez is by far the most successful Spanish manager to grace these shores; he has been tactically shrewd in the Premier League, evidenced by the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League trophies he has won with English sides.

He even looked like turning Liverpool into serial title contenders after their strong finish to the 2008/09 season, but a combination of spats with Sir Alex Ferguson and poor signings led to his dismissal. He still remains a popular figure at Liverpool while even making some friends at Stamford Bridge as well. 

His brief stint at Chelsea is often forgotten, though Benitez actually did quite a decent job at the west London club. He achieved a top four finish and added the Europa League to their trophy collection; not a bad record considering their lowly plight when he took over. 

It's for those reasons that Benitez remains the best we've seen from Spain, that is until a certain Pep Guardiola makes his widely-anticipated appearance next season. 

Verdict: Hit

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