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José Manuel Esnal Pardo (born March 25, 1950 in Balmasedamarker, Basque Countrymarker, Spainmarker), commonly referred to as Mané, is a Spanish Basque football manager.

He is currently unattached, having been sacked by RCD Espanyol on 20 January 2009. After coaching various Basque clubs during the early 1980s, Mané first found success with UE Figueres, winning promotion from Segunda División B. Since then he has managed several other clubs in La Liga and the Segunda División, most notably UE Lleidamarker, Deportivo Alavés and Levante UD. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mané guided UE Lleida from Segunda División B to La Liga. In 2001 he took Alavés to the UEFA Cup final and was awarded a Manager of the Year title by Don Balón . During the 2005-06 season he led Levante UD to promotion from the Segunda División.

Coaching career

UE Lleida

Mané joined UE Lleidamarker in 1988 and took them from Segunda División B to La Liga. In 1990 they were Segunda División B champions and in 1993 they won the Segunda División. The following season, 1993-94, Mané make his debut as a La Liga coach. Despite a 1-0 win over the FC Barcelona Dream Team at the Camp Noumarker and a 2-1 win at the Camp d´Esportsmarker over Real Madrid, UE Lleidamarker only managed to win five other games and were consequently relegated. The 1994-95 season saw UE Lleidamarker finish third in the Segunda División but they then lost a promotion play-off against Sporting Gijón.

Deportivo Alavés

After uneventful spells at RCD Mallorca and Levante UD, Mané rejoined Deportivo Alavés in 1997. He had previously managed them during the 1984-85 season. In his first season back, he guided them to the Segunda División title in 1998. In the same year they also reached the Copa del Rey semi-finals, knocking out Real Madrid in the round of sixteen and Deportivo de La Coruña in the quarter-finals, before losing to RCD Mallorca. The 1998-99 season saw Alavés finish a disappointing sixteenth in La Liga, but in 2000, with a team including Julio Salinas, they finished an impressive sixth and qualified for the UEFA Cup. During the season they did the double over La Liga runners-up, FC Barcelona, and beat the eventual champions, Deportivo de La Coruña. They also beat both of the 2000 UEFA Champions League finalists, Real Madrid and Valencia CF.

In 2001 Alavés reached the UEFA Cup final. After beating Inter and Rayo Vallecano in the earlier rounds, they met Liverpool. Despite being 2-0 and then 3-1 down, Alavés embarked on a spirited comeback and an 88th minute goal from Jordi Cruyff took the game to 4-4. However an own goal in extra time saw Liverpool win 5-4. Under Mané, Alavés finished seventh in La Liga during the 2001-02 season and qualified for the UEFA Cup once again. However the following season Alavés struggled and were subsequently relegated and as a result Mané and Alavés parted ways.


UE Figueres

UE Lleida

Deportivo Alavés

Levante UD

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