Six Managers From The UK Making A Spanish Impact

With the recent news that Howard Kendall has passed and with the Real Sociedad currently employing David Moyes to ply his head, it is time to take a look at how the football tickets and the Spanish league has been affected by some of the other British managers who have spent time there over the years.

Howard Kendall


From 1986 to 1989, the golden Everton’s late, great manager left for the Basque country from Goodison Park to lead the Athletico Bilbao. Kendall wasn’t able to lead the Bilbao team to the same successful finishes as he did with team up north where his Toffees won the league, the FA Cup, and the Winners Cup. However, prior to heading back to Manchester City to the vacant manager’s seat in the North-East, in his two full seasons he respectably finished in 4th and 7th.

Ron Atkinson


When it comes to management, Ron is one of the more colorful in UK history. Back in 1988 when he took over at Atletico Madrid which Jesus Gil, another fiery manager, had managed, the expectation was that it would be a combustible experience. After just three months as the man-in-charge, Big Ron fulfilled expectations and was quickly shown the door. His impact on Spanish football was not as major as others from the UK.

Terry Venables


Terry left with his big personality after managing in England during the 1980s. He took over as the Barcelona boss in an illustrious move to Camp Nou after serving as manager of the Queen’s Park Rangers. In 1985, his first season, he proved his doubters wrong, unlike Atkinson, with first season league title. The next year, he followed up by heading to the European Cup Final. However, swift exits are the norm in the Spanish league when managers don’t keep on delivering. In 1987, Terry Venables found himself heading back to London.

John Toshack


In the early 1980s, his Swansea team left Division Four and headed out for the heights of Division One. After playing for Wales and Liverpool, he led a nomad’s life throughout Europe’s big leagues, stopping for a while in La Liga. On three separate occasions, he managed Real Sociedad. In 1987, the team earned a Copa del Ray win in addition to shorter times at Murcia and Departiva as well as two more stints with Real Madrid. However, when he helped Madrid earn the league title in 1990, that was his crowning glory.

Ronnie Allen


In the late 1960s, Allen made the move to Spain. The former West Brom great was ahead of his time in this regard and while at Athletica Bilbao, he enjoyed two very successful years. In his first year, he garnered a Copa Del Ray win. Next, he moved Bilbao into second place in La Ligo. After that, he headed out to Sporting Lisbon in Portugal in 1972.

Sir Bobby Robson


After his international career as a top player ended, Robson followed up by first managing in England and then moving into club management all across Europe. He has earned a reputation as one of the greatest managers in the game’s history. In Barcelona though, he had his best season ever after having brought the Brazilian striker Ronaldo to the club for his legendary rise. That year, he earned the title of European Manager of the Year after leading the Catalan team to three Cups: the Spanish Cub, the Super Cup, and the European Cup Winner’s Cup.

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