José Aurelio Gay

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José Aurelio Gay
Personal information
Full name José Aurelio Gay López
Date of birth (1965-12-10) 10 December 1965 (age 53)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Espanyol B (coach)
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1988 Castilla 109 (14)
1988–1991 Español 80 (12)
1991–1996 Zaragoza 114 (20)
1996–1997 Oviedo 13 (0)
1997–1999 Toledo 30 (2)
Total 346 (48)
National team
1983 Spain U18 1 (0)
1985 Spain U19 1 (0)
1985 Spain U20 6 (0)
1985 Spain U21 2 (1)
Teams managed
2001 Toledo
2001–2002 Real Madrid C
2002–2005 Pontevedra
2005–2006 Jaén
2006 Lorca Deportiva
2008 Fuenlabrada
2009 Pontevedra
2009 Zaragoza B
2009–2010 Zaragoza
2012–2013 Racing Santander
2013–2015 Real Madrid C
2016 Palencia
2019– Espanyol B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Aurelio Gay López (born 10 December 1965) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder, and is the manager of RCD Espanyol B.

He was associated with Zaragoza throughout his career, serving the club as both a player and manager.[1] He amassed La Liga totals of 180 matches and 27 goals during eight seasons, starting out at Castilla.

After starting working in that capacity in 2000, Gay went on to coach a host of clubs in Segunda División and Segunda División B.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Madrid, Gay began playing football with Real Madrid, eventually progressing to the reserves, Castilla CF.[2] While at the club he was a member of the Spain under-20 side that finished runners-up at the 1985 FIFA World Youth Championship, starting in five of six games and appearing as a substitute in the other.[3]

After four seasons in the second division, Gay moved up to La Liga with RCD Español in the summer of 1988. He scored twice in 17 matches during his debut season, in which the Catalans were relegated, but eventually established himself in the starting XI, spending one season in the second level and another in the first; in 1990–91, his last year, he was the team's second-highest league goalscorer with five goals – only behind German Wolfram Wuttke – as he helped them retain their top-flight status.

Gay moved to Real Zaragoza in the 1991 off-season. In consecutive seasons he helped the Aragonese to the 1994 domestic cup and the following year's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, although he was seriously injured during the latter campaign. He only appeared sparingly afterwards, and left the club in June 1996.

Gay's final three seasons were spent at Real Oviedo[4] and CD Toledo, with whom he spent two years in division two, amassing only 43 league appearances both clubs combined and retiring in 1999 at the age of 33. In total, he played in nearly 350 matches both major levels of Spanish football combined.

Coaching career[edit]

After his retirement, Gay managed numerous teams in both the second and third tiers, starting at his last club Toledo one year after hanging up his boots. Real Madrid C, Pontevedra CF, Real Jaén, Lorca Deportiva CF,[5] CF Fuenlabrada and Real Zaragoza B followed[6]– he took the reins of the latter's first team following the dismissal of Marcelino García Toral, on 12 December 2009.[7]

Gay's first game in charge of Zaragoza saw them lose 6–0 away against Real Madrid, a result that led to rumours that he would be replaced by Víctor Muñoz.[8] The reports, however, proved to be unfounded and he was offered the job until the summer of 2010;[1] after bringing in several new players in the January transfer window, the side's fortunes began to turn as he led them out of the relegation zone by mid-February,[9] eventually finishing in 14th position.

In mid-November 2010, with Zaragoza ranking last in the league (eventually managing to avoid relegation), Gay was sacked. On 12 December 2012, after more than two years out of work, he replaced fired Fabri at the helm of Racing de Santander,[10] lasting until March in a season that saw the Cantabrians relegated to the third division.[11]

Gay returned to Real Madrid C in November 2013.[12] He led the team to a top-half finish, but they were relegated to Tercera División due to the fate of Castilla[13] and disbanded in 2015.[14]

In August 2016, Gay ran training sessions for CD Palencia Balompié but did not manage the club in an official match.[15][16] He signed a one-year deal with the option of a second at third-tier RCD Espanyol B in June 2019.[17]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 December 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref.
G W D L Win %
Toledo Spain 12 February 2001 26 June 2001 19 11 6 2 057.89 [18]
Real Madrid C Spain 26 June 2001 22 May 2002 40 16 8 16 040.00
Pontevedra Spain 23 September 2002 24 January 2005 110 47 29 34 042.73
Jaén Spain 21 November 2005 30 May 2006 25 10 6 9 040.00 [19]
Lorca Deportiva Spain 29 June 2006 18 December 2006 18 4 6 8 022.22 [20]
Fuenlabrada Spain 14 January 2008 19 May 2008 18 3 8 7 016.67 [21]
Pontevedra Spain 9 February 2009 12 May 2009 14 6 1 7 042.86 [22]
Zaragoza B Spain 1 July 2009 13 December 2009 15 13 1 1 086.67
Zaragoza Spain 13 December 2009 18 November 2010 37 9 12 16 024.32 [23]
Racing Santander Spain 12 December 2012 5 March 2013 11 4 1 6 036.36 [24]
Real Madrid C Spain 20 November 2013 29 May 2015 62 27 12 23 043.55
Palencia Spain 4 August 2016 10 August 2016 0 0 0 0 !
Espanyol B Spain 8 June 2019 Present 16 7 6 3 043.75 [25]
Total 385 157 96 132 040.78

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Spain U20

Manager[edit]

Pontevedra

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gay to stay at Zaragoza until end of season". ESPN Soccernet. 24 December 2009. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Matchday 15 opponent: Real Zaragoza". Real Madrid CF. 17 December 2009. Archived from the original on 27 March 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  3. ^ José Aurelio GayFIFA competition record
  4. ^ "Gay es el segundo refuerzo del club" [Gay is the second addition of the club] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 30 May 1996. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  5. ^ "José Aurelio Gay ya es el nuevo entrenador del Lorca" [José Aurelio Gay is already the new manager of Lorca]. Marca (in Spanish). 29 June 2006. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Jose Aurelio Gay, entrenador del Zaragoza B, a cargo del primer equipo" [Jose Aurelio Gay, Zaragoza B's manager, in charge of first team] (in Spanish). Join Futbol. 14 December 2009. Archived from the original on 22 January 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  7. ^ "José Aurelio Gay dirige su primer entrenamiento" [José Aurelio Gay's first practice]. Marca (in Spanish). 15 December 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  8. ^ Malek, Cyrus C. (23 December 2009). "Real Zaragoza change coaches again; Victor Munoz to replace Jose Aurelio Gay". Goal. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  9. ^ "Zaragoza vs Gijon preview". ESPN Star Sports. 20 February 2010. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  10. ^ "José Aurelio Gay, nuevo entrenador del Racing" [José Aurelio Gay, new Racing manager] (in Spanish). Racing Santander. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  11. ^ "Alejandro Menéndez sustituye a José Aurelio Gay como técnico" [Alejandro Menéndez replaces José Aurelio Gay as manager]. Marca (in Spanish). 5 March 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  12. ^ "José Aurelio Gay, nuevo entrenador del Real Madrid C" [José Aurelio Gay, new manager of Real Madrid C]. Marca (in Spanish). 20 November 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Real Madrid C to be axed?". Marca. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  14. ^ "So long, Real Madrid C". Marca. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  15. ^ "José Aurelio Gay presentado como nuevo entrenador del Deportivo Palencia" [José Aurelio Gay presented as new manager of Deportivo Palencia] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  16. ^ "El Palencia se carga el regreso de Óscar de Paula al Toralín" [Palencia call off the return of Óscar de Paula to Toralín]. La Nueva Crónica (in Spanish). 17 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  17. ^ "José Aurelio Gay, nou entrenador de l'Espanyol B" [José Aurelio Gay, new manager of Espanyol B]. Ara (in Catalan). 8 June 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  18. ^ "Gay: José Aurelio Gay López". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
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  25. ^ "Gay: José Aurelio Gay López". BDFutbol. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  26. ^ Díez, Óscar (1 November 2014). "España en los mundiales sub'20: URSS 1985" [Spain in the under’20 World Cups: USSR 1985] (in Spanish). Cuadernos de Fútbol. Retrieved 14 June 2018.

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