Real Madrid 10-0 Barcelona: Why don’t Barcelona sack their coaches?

On Monday, Real Madrid appointed Zinedine Zidane as their third coach of the season after Santiago Solari was sacked.

Coaching dismissals are a regular occurrence at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but it’s in stark contrast to how Barcelona operate.

Louis Van Gaal was the last coach to be sacked by the Catalan club in January 2003 when Joan Gaspart was still president.

Since then, every coach has seen their contract through under the presidencies of Joan Laporta, Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Frank Rijkaard spent five seasons in the dugout at the Camp Nou, with president Laporta always giving him his full backing, even when he struggled in his first year in charge.

The Dutchman went on to lift the club’s second Champions League title and Laporta wanted to renew his contract before he left in 2008.

Pep Guardiola spent as long as he wanted as coach of Barcelona until he stepped down at the end of his fourth season in charge having not won either LaLiga or the Champions League.

Tito Vilanova’s health problems forced him to leave his role as head coach and be replaced by Tata Martino.

The Argentine saw out the year he had signed up for and left, allowing Luis Enrique to take the reigns and win the treble in his first season.

Enrique left at the end of his contract in 2017 and current boss Ernesto Valverde has renewed his contract for another year.

In that time, 12 coaches have failed to reach the end of their contract at Real Madrid.

Vicente Del Bosque and Jose Mourinho both avoided the sack and chose to leave at the end of their deals, while Zinedine Zidane resigned last summer.

Since 2003, Carlos Quieroz, Mariano Garcia Remon, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, Fabio Capello, Bernd Schuster, Mauricio Pellegrini, Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez, Julen Lopetegui and Solari have all been sacked during the presidencies of Florentino Perez and Roman Calderon.

Juan Ramon Lopez Caro and Juande Ramos both fulfilled their roles as caretaker bosses after their predecessor was relieved of his duties.