14 years have passed since Unai Emery, Villarreal coach, offered Juan Carlos Carcedo in the 2006/2007 season to be his second coach at UD Almería. Since then, together they have led teams such as national and international competitions Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Seville, PSG or Arsenal, and they have trained players of the stature of Villa, Silva, Rakitic, Reyes, Banega, Neymar, Mbappé or Aubameyang. But nevertheless, after the departure of the London team, Carcedo took a step to the side, at the call of UD Ibiza by Amadeo Salvo and Fernando Soriano, with whom it coincides before in Valencia and Almería.
Your team goes leader of subgroup B of group 3 of Segunda B with 12 points out of 12 possible, the only one with full victories, something unimaginable for him when a knee injury forced him to retire at only 33 years old at UD Las Palmas, a club where he started as assistant coach together with the technicians Josip Visnjic and Juanito in 2006. Right after that stage Emery made him his second inseparable in the ranks of the Almeria team.
The beginning of both as a couple on the benches was also unbeatable. In their first campaign they achieved promotion to First, and in the second they were eighth with 52 points, a great debut in the top flight for a newly promoted team.
Carcedo’s board and the keys to his Ibiza
“A club and a dominating team”. With this idea, Juan Carlos Carcedo presented himself at his first press conference as new Ibiza coach. And for now, the results can hardly be improved. It is the only team in the category that has won all its games, full of points, and on top of that they have conceded a single goal: 0-1 against Atlético Levante, 3-0 against La Nucía, 1-2 against Alcoyano and 1-0 against Atzeneta. Precisely the goal came in the match that was played last Wednesday, after having been previously postponed, and may have also held that record (sharing it with Navalcarnero).
“I like an intense team, that works together, that presses, that is dynamic, that we can have possession of the ball, as long as the rival allows us, and from there attack the spaces, go straight to goal and create as many chances as possible. “With these words, Carcedo explained his game proposal during the preseason.
Germán Parreño in goal, the Espanyol youth squad, has put the lock on. David Goldar and Rubén González are a defensive wall. Javi Lara and Manu Molina, with experience in First and Second, they put football in the team with Javi Pérez. And above, Carcedo has two of the best forwards in the category, Davo and Rodado, who together scored 26 goals last season, accompanied by veterans Kike López and Cirio.
Being second to Emery, quite an experience
The paths of Emery and Carcedo they met for the first time in Leganés, when both were still wearing short. There they already shared a certain vision of football and their love of training.
Later, a few years later, Carcedo would become his right hand. For example, he was in charge of set pieces and strategy, one of the strengths of Emery’s teams. Further, was in charge of the individual analysis of the performance of the players, the analysis of the opponents and also participated in the planning of the squads and in daily workouts.
All of this completes a sufficient background for Carcedo for his new stage as head coach. Of course, added to his experience in large teams and abroad: “I have been fortunate to train with Unai, which has allowed me to grow in various countries. I have been fortunate to go through various stages and categories. I started in Second B. We went up with Las Palmas to Second. I know all the categories very well. “
An impressive career in Spain
The tandem with the Basque coach has led them to live unique experiences in great European teams. But it all begins in the already successful stage at Almería, which then leads them to take the reins of Valencia, despite sounding even to continue as first with the Andalusians. In the Mestalla team they achieve three consecutive classifications as third, reach the semifinals of the Copa del Rey and Europa League, and they train players like Villa, Silva, Mata or Joaquín.
After four seasons in the city of Turia, they have a nine-month interim stay at the Russian Spartak Moscow, a team to which Carcedo also decides to go together with Emery.
Finally, after that brief stage, comes one of his best challenges, Sevilla FC. Four campaigns, from 2012/2013 to 2015/2016, in which they get three consecutive Europa Legues, although in the League they have more irregular results.
Two years at PSG and Arsenal with international stars
The good performance in Sevilla, managing to be the kings of the Europa League, is worth the coaching staff to fichar for a PSG that wanted to take another step in European competitions after several years without going far in the Champions League. However, in their first year they run into the league with Monaco of Mbappé, Falcao, Fabinho or Bernardo Silva, although they manage to win Ligue 1 in their second and last year already with Neymar and Mbappé in his attack.
That Champions League tie in 2016/2017 in which they receive a 6-1 from FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou will remain for history that leaves them out in the round of 16. And against another Spanish team, Real Madrid, they were eliminated in the same round the following season. Both eliminations would end the stage of Emery and Carcedo in Paris.
After the departure of the French giant, Arsenal bet on them to lead the club after the departure of Arsène Wenger, big words, and it doesn’t work out at all. In the first campaign they failed to qualify for the Champions League, although touch a European trophy as finalists of the Europa League against Chelsea and lose. And in the middle of the following campaign, they are dismissed at 13 games. At that moment, With the end of the stage at Arsenal, Carcedo would decide to build his own path and not accompany Unai Emery in Villarreal.