In 1999, Juan Carlos became Director of the Football School of Villarreal CF and he was in charge for nine years. As head of the yellow youth teams, he was instrumental in the creation and development of a defined style of play and the daily work in the training sessions that still remain today.
During this time he also visited football schools of big clubs like Manchester United, Boca Juniors, Liverpool FC or Galatasary. He was also responsible for the analysis and reporting of Villarreal CF rivals in European competition for coaches like Benito Floro, Víctor Muñoz, Manuel Pellegrini or Paquito.
In 2008 he left his position as Director of the School to manage Villarreal B. Before, from July 1999 to 2001, he coached Onda (Villarreal CF second team at that moment), who became champions of their group in the Third Division.
He capped his successful career as coach of Villarreal B with promotion to the Second Division A in 2009. “The happiest day of my coaching career was when we got the promotion in Jaen” explains Juan Carlos. He is one of the coaches of youth teams who have trained in all categories of Spanish football, with several promotions during his career.
In February 2010, Juan Carlos Garrido became the first team coach of Villarreal CF after completing an amazing the first half of the season with the second team in Second Division A. In that 2009-10 season he ended up qualifying the Submarino for the Europa League after finishing seventh in La Liga. In 2010-11, Villarreal CF completed one of their best seasons: fourth in La Liga, qualified for the Champions League; semifinals of the Europa League; and quarter-finals of King’s Cup. In 2011-12, after becoming the first and only Valencian coach to manage a team in the Champions League in a group with Bayern Munich, Manchester City and SSC Napoli, the club decided to release him in December 2011, putting an end to more than 10 years as a member of Villarreal CF.
After a period studying the working methods of the most important European clubs, Juan Carlos returned to the bench in November 2012 to start his first experience outside of Spain. The Valencian coach took over Club Brugge from Belgium. He took over with the team in eighth position and, with him, was fighting for the title until the penultimate round and finished third in the Jupiler League, winning 19 points in the playoff, a Club Brugge record.
In the 2013-14 season, the team’s performance in the Jupiler League remained outstanding with five wins and two draws. Despite that, Club Brugge decided to finish his time in Belgium. Only one loss in the regular season (14 wins and 7 draws) and the spectacular performances that he got out of players such as Carlos Bacca, Maxime Lestienne, Vadis Odjidja or Thomas were some of the achievements that earned him the respect of Belgian football.
In December 2013, Juan Carlos returned to Spanish football, in this case as coach of Real Betis. However, the turbulent situation at the Andalusian club did not allow him to obtain the desired performance, and after 10 games (5 in La Liga, 4 in King’s Cup and 1 in UEFA Cup), Real Betis decided to change again and dispense of his services on 19th of January 2014.
Al Ahly’s track record is proving successful as the Egyptian club, with Juan Carlos on the bench, has won the 2014 Egyptian Super Cup after defeating Zamalek in the penalty shoot-out, and the CAF Confederation Cup, the second competition of most important clubs in Africa, after overcoming Sewe Sport in the final. That was one of the few titles that Al Ahly had not yet been able to achieve and that came from the hand of the Spanish coach. The title that has escaped is the African Super Cup, which went to ES Setif in the penalty shootout.
From November 2016 Ettifaq in KSA is the new club of Juan Carlos . To build a professional structure, make an own training methodology and style of playing it was the goal in cooperation with the board of directors. A new fitness and nutrition culture, tactics and professional way of life it was done.
In July of 2017 arrived to Raja Casablanca. Historical club and one of the greatest sides in Africa. A club used to win trophies. Juan Carlos arrived with the goal to come back Raja to the winner way. November 18, Raja won the ¨Coupe de Trone¨(KING´S CUP), first trophy after a few years. Raja was fighting until the last few games to win Moroccos league, unfortunately was not possible. Nowadays Raja is playing for Africa Confederations Cup, still unbeaten. 2018-19 Raja will be playing National Championship, King´s Cup, Africa and Arab competition.
In February 2019 he joined Al Ain FC of the United Arab Emirates with the aim of winning the League title and contesting the Asian Champions