|Full name||Manuel Ruiz Pérez|
|Date of birth||3 December 1962|
|Place of birth||Jerez de la Frontera, Spain|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1987–1988||→ Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||0||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
After playing youth football for UD Melilla and Atlético Sanluqueño CF, Ruiz signed for Xerez CD in 1979. Four years later he moved to La Liga with Real Zaragoza, making his competition debut on 4 December 1983 in a 0–0 draw at FC Barcelona.
During his four-year spell with the Aragonese, however, Ruiz only amassed nine league appearances combined, barred by Andoni Cedrún which would later become a legendary player for the club. In the 1985–86 season he featured prominently for Zaragoza's B-team in Segunda División, in an eventual relegation-ending campaign.
Before retiring, Ruiz also played professionally for Deportivo de La Coruña – no appearances whatsoever due to a serious injury– and Levante UD, suffering another second division relegation with the latter club.
In 1997, shortly after retiring, Ruiz started coaching, starting with his first senior team Xerez and helping the Andalusians return to the second level in 2001, after a three-year absence. Subsequently, he joined Bernd Schuster's coaching staff at the club (in six matches comprising two separate seasons, he would also manage the side as an interim coach).
In 2003 Schuster signed with FC Shakhtar Donetsk, and Ruiz was one of four coaches as Xerez finished ninth in level two. When the German returned to Spain to sign with Levante UD, Ruiz re-joined his coaching staff, continuing to work with him at his following clubs, Getafe CF and Real Madrid, until he was sacked from the latter in December 2008; amongst other tasks, he was charged with designing the teams' strategic set pieces.
Managerial stats (second division only)
- Los Blaugrana, nerviosos hasta lo indecible, no vieron puerta (The Blaugrana, nervous beyond words, did not find the net); Mundo Deportivo, 5 December 1983 (Spanish)
- Manuel Ruiz es el cerebro de las jugadas ensayadas (Manuel Ruiz is the brain behind set pieces); Diario AS, 25 July 2007 (Spanish)
- Manolo Ruiz, ayudante de Bernd Schuster, militó en el Dépor el año del gol de Vicente al Santander (Manolo Ruiz, Bernd Schuster's assistant, represented Dépor in the year of Vicente's goal against Santander); La Voz de Galicia, 27 October 2006 (Spanish)