Sheriff On Monday in Valdebebas he will become the eighth coach who has directed Real on the most occasions in its history. The one that the txuri urdin will play against Real Madrid will be the 113th game with Imanol on the bench that tomorrow, previously, will equal the 112 games they directed Jose
Irulegi (1975-1978) and Eusebius
Sacristan (2015-2018). Orio's coach replaced La Seca's when he was dismissed three years ago and it happens that he played under the orders of Irulegi at Villarreal in the 98/99 season, the first for the current Realist manager outside of Real.
Two days before the Cup final against Athletic, the most important match of his entire career on the bench, it will be three years since the debut of Imanol as a realistic technician in Ipurua. He directed the last nine league games, replacing Eusebio in the 17/18 season, to return to Sanse and take over the team's leadership for good in January 2019. Since that victory at the Bernabéu (0-2) on Three Kings Day , Imanol He has directed 83 consecutive league games, 11 in the Cup, 7 in the Europa League and one in the Super Cup which, together with the nine from his first stage, add up to the 111 with which he will arrive at Old Trafford tomorrow.
Imanol, which will end the current campaign with 127 official meetings directed, has two more years of contract that, if fulfilled, would place him in 2023 above 200 meetings, a barrier only reserved for those elected in the club's history: Andoni
Elizondo (235), Alberto
Ormaetxea (325), John
Toshack (386) and Benedict