Spanish newspaper Marca has been running extensive news stories and features about Jose Mourinho’s exit from Real Madrid for the past week but there still remains much confusion about Mourinho’s status within the Santiago Bernabeu. The tabloid first published rumours of Mourinho’s departure on Monday, though lacking firm evidence, it stated that President Florentino Perez would negotiate a package for Mourinho in June 2013 as he’d had enough of the Portuguese boss trying to take control of the hierarchy.
Whilst Marca gave no facts or structured evidence on the events, they pointed to where the relationship between Mourinho and Perez had broken down and even took a guess at naming Mourinho’s successor (Joachim Low or Carlo Ancelotti), but in all honesty their knowledge is likely to be greater than ours. Perez was reported to have said in private that Mourinho was ‘cutting his own throat’ on Saturday.
Madrid have not enjoyed their 2012/13 season at all as defeats have been more regular than usual. Getafe, Betis, Dortmund and Sevilla have been victorious against the current champions of La Liga as the club stares at an 11 point deficit behind arch nemesis Barcelona. Rifts between players and management have occurred as the season progressed and even between Mourinho and academy manager Alberto Toril. Fans have booed and Mourinho has publicly spoken his mind, which at the best of times is not a clever thing to do.
On Saturday against Atletico Madrid, Mourinho dared fans to come and boo him prior to the derby encounter. Instead he received a rapturous reception and was applauded for his courage – but not everybody was impressed even if it spurred Madrid on to beat Atleti. Perez felt the action was negative and one to put Mourinho in a positive light amid the despair at their current form. For Perez it seemed it was the final straw.
He and Mourinho have clashed before as Mourinho has publicly said that he wasn’t a fan of the ‘Galactico’ system and wanted his own control of club finances. Perez, opposed to this, has made life difficult for Mourinho to bring in his preferred choice of player. The two have rarely seen eye to eye and despite Real’s success last season, Perez seems to have made up his mind.
With the league descending out of Real’s control, a major focus on the Champions League seems to be on the agenda and despite Real finishing second in their group, Mourinho’s admiration and affiliation with the trophy is well known. His desire to win Madrid their 10th title – ‘La Decima’ – would be another achievement for Mourinho and in a recent ITV documentary he felt he would always be incomplete without doing so.
Mourinho will undoubtedly have formed strong bonds with his players so if he is to leave then the added motivation to attain the 10th title will be huge. Such is the norm with power-crazy Presidents/owners that what they say goes and even if Mourinho achieves outstanding success and silverware this season then his days could, sadly, be numbered at Madrid.
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