Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Jose Mourinho’s three-year reign at Real Madrid is expected to end after this season. Martin Rose / Getty Images
Jose Mourinho’s three-year reign at Real Madrid is expected to end after this season. Martin Rose / Getty Images

Jose Mourinho will not be missed by Real Madrid until he is gone

Real Madrid supporters will not feel the real impact until manager Jose Mourinho actually leaves the club and heads back to England, says Andy Mitten.

Real Madrid will realise when it is too late.

The club which has worked through 25 coaches since Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson took charge in 1986 will wave goodbye to Jose Mourinho at the end of this season. How quickly they may regret that decision is a matter for conjecture and future results.

Mourinho did not win the club a 10th European Cup, but he broke Barcelona's dominance of Spanish football, the hegemony of the best football side of recent times. And while he failed to lift the decima, three successive Uefa Champions League semi-final appearances were a huge improvement on Madrid's record in the six previous years, when they were unable to get beyond the last 16. His huge personality and ego were enough to handle the job of Madrid manager where others have wilted.

Mourinho is far from the shy-and-retiring type. He says what he thinks and many in Madrid think that is disrespectful to his employers, especially when he is openly critical of his players. They prefer Madrid coaches to talk in reverential tones about the club.

He also has few fans in the Madrid dressing room. Not that he cares, nor is he concerned that he might be dismissed from his job by Florentino Perez. If he were, that would make him cheaper for his next employers. His current contract has three years to run and the pay-off for termination would be around £10 million (Dh57.1m) for either side. But Mourinho is moving: he even made the obvious point of buying bubble wrap from Ikea on Monday.

Mourinho has fought many battles and won most of them, in Madrid, but he does not believe he can win the war. He believes the players have too much power and he has fallen out with almost all of them. He also thinks the Madrid media have too much power, especially when they write ultra-critical stories about their coach with the blessing of the club president.

After three years, Mourinho has had enough. He knows he is in demand in England and he is happy to return. He wants to go where he feels he is treated better, respected by the majority rather than the minority.

The Catalans will miss their pantomime villain; Madrilenos will miss their coach. Not that many of them realise it or will ever be humble enough to admit it.

sports@thenational.ae

twitter Follow us @SprtNationalUAE

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Manager Matt Williams benching star Bryce Harper, above, may have sent the wrong message to the rest of the Washington Nationals. Mike Ehrmann / AFP

Benching Harper sends Williams’s right message the wrong way

Matt Williams, the Washington Nationals manager, made the biggest move of his 18-game tenure on Saturday, benching rising star Bryce Harper for his “lack of hustle”.

 Players such as George Springer are a sign that things are starting to swing in the Houston Astros' favour. But more help is needed. Scott Halleran / AFP

Houston Astros are still earth-bound but help is on the way

As harbingers of a new era go, the Houston Astros could have done worse than misspelling their new phenom’s name on his major-league debut.

 Luis Suarez became the first Liverpool player to score 30 Premier League goals in a season since Ian Rush in 1987. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

Sterling and Suarez inpire Liverpool to win over Norwich City

The win takes the Premier League table-toppers to 80 points from 35 games.

 Arsenal's Lukas Podolski celebrates his second goal during the Premier League match against Hull City at The KC Stadium in Hull, England, on April 20, 2014. Lynne Cameron / AP Photo

Arsenal maintain push for top-four finish with victory at Hull

Hull could end up in Europe regardless of the FA Cup final result if Arsenal finish in the Uefa Champions League places

 Ashish Nehra of Chennai Super Kings bowls to Kings XI Punjab at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL

But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 Stanislas Wawrinka turned away fellow Swiss Roger Federer with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory at the Monte Carlo Masters on April 20, 2014. Julian Finney / Getty Images

Wawrinka backhands Federer aside at Monte Carlo Masters

Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time after rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in a rare all-Swiss final.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National