Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed last night in a press conference that the Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season.
It has been one of the most disappointing season for Real Madrid in recent times, not merely because they have failed in all the major competitions, not because of another Champions league semi-final exit, and not only because of the defeat at the hands of their neighbours in the Copa del Rey – what was most astonishing about this season was how easily they conceded the league title to Barcelona. In a domestic league, which has been a two horse race for years now, one doesn’t expect a 13 point gap with Barcelona with matches to go for the end of the season.
Along with the above reasons, various dressing room problems and the fact that Chelsea are reportedly welcoming him back with open arms, meant that Jose Mourinho’s departure from the club was only a matter of time. And that moment arrived last night, the thing that everyone knew, was made official by the club president.
“We’ve decided to bring our relationship to an end. Nobody’s been sacked, it’s a mutual agreement.
“The club and manager agree the timing is right to bring our relationship to an end.
“On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Jose Mourinho for all his hard work.
“The team has improved in his three years and we wish him all the best.” – Perez told the press.
The club president expectedly faced questions regarding who could be the possible replacement and off-course Carlo Ancelotti. But Perez was resilient and rubbished most of the rumours.
“We have no pre-contract signed with any managerial candidate.
“It’s something we’ll have to look at in the coming days.” – Perez added.
Jose Mourinho has won one La Liga, one Copa del Rey and one Supercopa during his three year stint at the club. The club did make significant progress in the European competitions under him, and that is why, the failure to win La decima was was too big for many to take. Specially considering that fact that this season Real Madrid virtually gave up the league in their pursue of the Champions League.
On one hand he has developed Marcelo, Ozil and Khedira into world class players, but must also take the blame for stagnating a lot of other careers. Coentrao’s transfer was a complete rip off in terms of money. He was also blamed for more favourable treatment to Carvalho (and Portuguese players in general) and Essien. Along with that selling Carvajal when Real was short in right back was an inexplicable decision. Whatever gains were made on the pitch were compensated by a heavier loss off it. More significantly perhaps, there was a big damage to reputation and also the dressing room harmony was gone. He had a lot of clash with senior players in the team, and even a club legend like Iker Casillas has received unfair treatment from him.
Even tactically Real Madrid stagnated under him. He always used a single striker formation, which lead to complacency as Morata was never allowed to play centrally. His team often played too defensively (mostly relying on counter-attack), when a better option would have been to play aggressively – it seemed as if he was always too circumspect tactically. He completely failed to understand the club’s philosophy and unsuccessfully tried impose his own ideology. The ‘Us vs Them’ mentality was never going to work with Real Madrid as they rarely harbour an inferiority complex. His aggressive behaviour, lack of humility, poor man management and defensive tactics caused his own downfall – Jose Mourinho has no else to blame, other than himself.
Ramon Calderon, the former Real Madrid president, who has always vocally opposed the appointment of Mourinho, said in an interview few days back –
“Mourinho is a great coach but with a way of behaving that is not compatible with Real Madrid history. His comments and his reactions do not match with those anyone expects from someone who is part of the image of the club.
“A big club like Real Madrid never complains in defeats about referees, football organizations or any other one. And our hymn says we shake our rival’s hands when we lose, never poke a finger in the rival manager’s eye.
“I really think that Mourinho has been very harmful for Real Madrid’s image.”
The odds over Chelsea’s next manager has been dramatically affected over the last few weeks. Most of the sites have closed down the betting for the next permanent Chelsea manager, with Jose Mourinho being the clear favourites, although SkyBet and Betfair are still offering odds of 1/14 on the Portuguese man – followed by Pellegrini and Conte at 20. Chelsea are expected to the announce the appointment of Mourinho over the next two weeks, as Jose Mourinho is still in charge for the remaining two matches of La Liga.