Spain may have been given a rather short straw in Netherlands and Chile in their World Cup draw, but that shouldn't give them cause for concern. The pressure is on the rest...
Those of us who support lowly clubs can find it difficult to imagine the fuss made over two defeats suffered by a goliath. Will this weekend's Copa offer some respite?
For a country with up an unemployment rate of up to 26%, La Primera's managers have been very blasé this summer about their employment status. Indeed, it is almost like the UK economy a decade ago, when quitting a job was no big deal as after a short trip "traveling" - or holiday as everyone else calls it - to Thailand, landing another post would take about five minutes.
José Mourinho surrendering after three years with Real Madrid to be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti is certainly the biggest moves it terms of newspaper headlines. Unfortunately, the Italian fielding upwards of 700 identical questions in his opening press conference and looking utterly fed up about two hours into his job does not bode well for the former Milan man. José Mourinho took four months to feel that way, a sign of the Chelsea manager's stamina and immense love of bickering.
The biggest surprise in terms of managerial changes was Real Sociedad having to find a replacement for Philippe Montanier, the coach who spent two years in San Sebastian guiding the team into fourth. The French boss suffered some rocky times from the local media and supporters and never really felt the love of his bosses upstairs. So when towards the end of the past campaign, a contract renewal offer finally came up, Montanier said "non" and took up a more secure and lucrative gig at newly-minted Rennes.
Rather than spend lots of time searching around for candidates, La Real have appointed one of Montanier's assistants, Jagoba Arrasate, who now has a daunting challenge of a Champions League qualification match, as his first managerial job. The Basque side are in severe danger of suffering the "number two" syndrome. "It's a different campaign but an exciting one at the same time," said the 35-year-old rookie.
For once, Valencia did not sack their manager at the end of the season, despite the club only finishing fifth. Instead, Ernesto Valverde was another coach to decline a chance to stay on, at the end of his temporary contract at the Mestalla. The call of Valverde's old stomping ground, Athletic Bilbao, was too much for the former Espanyol and Villarreal manager, who now need to pick themselves up from the mess that Marcelo Bielsa made of his second and final season in San Mamés.
Miroslav Djukic will be trying to appease the grumpy Mestalla masses and faces the challenge of keeping Roberto Soldado at the club, a striker whose career needs Champions League football to maintain a decent spell of appearances with Spain. The Serbian had done a pretty decent job in putting Valladolid into La Primera and keeping them there, and the former Valencia defender now has to reignite their claim to be Spain's third force, but without the budget to do so.
Málaga will be the most curious club to watch over the next season after a campaign of enormous highs and painful lows. After a bit of a hullabaloo, Manuel Pellegrini was finally confirmed as the Manchester City manager, so Málaga moved quickly with a bit of a gamble by appointing Bernd Schuster. Whilst it is true that the German manager won the league title with Real Madrid, Schuster is a bit of a downbeat, grumpy character who has been handed a five-year contract at a club needing a cheery presence on the bench.
"Even I was surprised when they offered me five years," admitted Schuster who takes on a side with a budget slashed to a reported €40 million for the season. "The club has given me a signal that will take a very different path," revealed the golf-loving coach. Levante are now being lead by the returning Joaquín Caparrós whilst Celta Vigo have given former Barcelona 'B' and Roma manager Luis Enrique another go at the whole coaching lark.
Almost all changes at the top have seen coaches taking advantage of short contracts to be more flexible in their careers, and gamble a little. The original idea of such a concept was to give club this freedom to hire and fire staff at low cost. In the end, it has put the managers in charge of their own destinies in a job market where they are very much in control.
Tim Stannard - follow him on Twitter