Miguel Ángel Portugal changing Racing fortune !!

Portugal...turning Racing fortune?

After a bad spell of results Racing Santander was forced to sack their manager Juan Carlos Mandiá who manage to get only one point from 15 home possible points !!. Miguel Portugal was the new man for the struggling “los Verdiblancos“.

Portugal familiar with Racing as he coached them during 2006-07 season ending that season in 10th place, later on he was named as Real Madrid Technical Director, later on Portugal was lined to take Bernd Schuster place as Real Madrid manager but they prefer Juande Ramos instead. Following last summer Perez come back as Real Madrid president, the new administration ended Portugal contract on mutual agreement.

On 19th November  2009 Racing announced Portugal appointment as their new manager for the next two years. He took a team playing 10 La Liga games with only 7 points.

Portugal manage to get 18 points from 13 La Liga games and Racing reached Copa del Rey semi-final to be knock out by Atletico Madrid. Now 23 match day of La Liga had past, Racing placed 16th in the standing table with 25 points out from 23 games.

Under Portugal management we saw the introduction of the sensation Sergio Canales (will be transfered to Real Madrid by the end of the season) playing in a regular basis and scoring 5 spectacular goals.

Racing under the sacked Juan Carlos Mandiá played with 4-4-2 formation with double midfield holding players, Portugal changed the system to 4-4-1-1 or 4-2-3-1.

Miguel Portugal is one of seven managers changes during this season.

The Ranking of the new appointed managers during 2009-10 season:

Manager

Team

Games

Points

Points per game

Quique Flores

Ath.Madrid

14

20

1.42

Portugal Racing

13

18

1.38

José Aurelio Gay Zaragoza

9

9

1.0

Juan Manuel Lillo Almeria

8

13

1.62

Néstor Gorosito Xerez

5

3

0.6

Juan Carlos Garrido Villarreal

3

3

1

Onésimo Sánchez Valladolid

3

2

0.66

Note: the managers ranked according to the date of appointment.

Note: Until the 23rd La Liga matchday

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