Guti, who was in charge of Real Madrid‘s under 19’s side – has left the Spanish giants to join Istanbul-based Besiktas.
This is the second time Guti has made this switch, having capped off his final year as a player in the Turkish capital also.
Since being in charge of Madrid’s under 19’s since 2013, Guti has quickly gained a decent reputation as a good coach with a clear attacking style of play. His time with the under 19’s culminated in a domestic cup double last season.
With such a growing reputation, the former Real Madrid midfielder was linked with a whole host of clubs to take over as first team manager this summer. Such clubs included Leganes, Real Murcia, Scottish club Saint Mirren and even Southampton.
The biggest job he was linked with over the past month or so, was of course the Real Madrid hot seat. Following Zinedine Zidane’s decision to step down, Guti was continually mentioned among the candidates. Real Murcia’s president even went as far as saying that Guti had the job because he was unable to work in Murcia (see HERE).
Now however, Guti has elected to join Senol Gunes in Istanbul as the Turkish managers assistant. It was reported that Guti had signed a new contract with Real Madrid to remain with the club, even being offered the promotion to manger of the Castilla side. That was rejected by the 41 year old however and he will now continue his education in Turkey.
A Madrid native, Guti came through the youth system at the club and went on to play in a Galactico generation where he solidified his place in the team winning; three Champions Leagues, five La Ligas, four Copa del Reys along with a Turkish Cup triumph in his solitary year away from Real Madrid, with Besiktas. He had the following to say on his official Twitter page:
“Today I want to thank Real Madrid, my home, for all the years I enjoyed as a player and as a Coach … In a few days I am joining Besiktas, my home too, as assistant Coach to continue my professional development … I thank Besiktas for the affection and confidence they have put in me, and I will return that with lots of work and motivation.”
Guti netted 77 times in 542 games for Madrid between 1995 and 2010. It is hoped that due to the most recent effort being made at Real Madrid to have past stars returning in either a coaching or administrative role, that Guti will return to coach the first team at some point in the future. For now however, it seems that he will have to forge his way through by learning his trade better in Turkey.
Regarding his replacement, it appears Dani Poyatos is the man to take over the vacancy. Poyatos will return to the youth set up after leaving to work as an assistant to Jordi Cruyff at Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel last year.