Another summer, another manager gone at Real Madrid.It didn’t matter that the locker room wanted him to stay or that he was at the helm when the club won it’s 10th Champion’s League title or that he is one of the most successful and sought after managers in world football. None of that made any difference because right now, all that matters in Madrid is Florentino Perez.
Perez is the president of Real Madrid and his decisions are final not matter how disrupted, ill advised, or reckless they are.
The fact that Ancelotti’s firing was not greeted with any sort of shock or outrage shows the buffoonery that is the current Real Madrid President. Here was a manager that did, in one season what The Great Mourinho failed to do in three.
Here was a manager that had the support of locker room with maybe the biggest collective ego (and that is saying something in modern football).
Here was a manager that somehow got a bunch of stars to play and win like a team despite all the money being spent as if Real Madrid was competing in the NHL and needed two forward lines. But Perez did not get what he wanted- everything- so Ancelotti was sacked (who will know get back surgery, kick his feet up, and wait for the offers to roll in).
Real Madrid then is once again looking for a new manager to do the impossible- satisfy a man that is only happy with new and shiny things. A situation the club is very accustomed to as their new manager will be the club’s 12th since 2003. Despite that less than stable history, Perez and his club will have no problem finding a suitable replacement.
The club will be able to offer an all-star roster, the ability and (let’s be honest) Perez’s need to sign new players, and will out bid any other club in terms of salary.
That sentence is enough to pique the interest of most managers and that is before the line of managers outside Perez’s office realize that the current roster would be relatively successful with a monkey on the bench.
So in Madrid today it is just another day in the life of Perez. He was not happy with Ancelotti’s inability to make history so Perez did what he always does. He got rid of him and will now throw money at someone to solve a problem that never existed and therefore can never be fix. Rinse and repeat. Hire, fire, hire. So it goes…
In the end, it does not really matter as no one really loses. Ancelotti will get a new job whenever and wherever he wants, Madrid will get a new manager and continue to win trophies, and Perez will continue to do whatever he wants with immunity.
This is modern football. Managers are expected to be perfect, owners are above reproach, and as long as the team wins why should the supporters care? It is good to be the king, even in the years when you are missing the crown.