Florentino Pérez's egomaniacal, power hungry and self serving way of being president coincided with Barcelona enjoying their most successful period ever.
Pérez is washing his hands and thinking, "finally, I'm not making the big calls."
Wrong. You hired José Mourinho, who has always craved power, and you're accountable for the Portuguese manager's decisions.
With no stature in the game, rookie coach José gave Benfica an ultimatum—extend my contract or I'll resign. SLB's board said no and Mourinho walked.
He took a pit-stop at União de Leiria, before being hired at Porto and won the UEFA Champions League.
At Chelsea, Mourinho was locked in a power struggle with Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, a battle the Special One ultimately lost.
As Inter Milan manager, Mourinho had control over Massimo Moratti, persuading the Italian to overhaul the entire squad:
2009-10: Diego Milito (signed from Genoa for €28 million), Samuel Eto'o (included in Zlatan Ibrahimović Barça deal), Wesley Sneijder (signed from Real Madrid for €18 million), Thiago Motta (signed from Genoa for €10.2 million), Lúcio (signed from Bayern Munich for €8 million), McDonald Mariga (signed from Parma for €5 million)
2008-09: Ricardo Quaresma (signed from Porto for €18.6 million + Pelé) , Sulley Muntari (signed from Portsmouth for €16 million) and Mancini (signed from Roma for €13 million)
Inter won their first Champions League title under Massimo's ownership.
Florentino is hoping his lax management of Mourinho will lead to a Champions League triumph. But, in doing so, he is sitting idly by whilst José routinely ignores decorum, which in turn portrays Real Madrid in a negative light.
Whenever El Clásico rolls along, the storyline is "bad" Real Madrid vs. "good" Barcelona.
Barça's diving is a concern but Mourinho's thuggish tactics bring the game into disrepute.
Commentator Ray Hudson eloquently summed up Mourinho's Real Madrid:
This is what Real Madrid are getting their reputation about. There's this nasty edge, and it's on Fàbregas, and it's nasty as a rat-bite from the back by Marcelo. It's wicked. It's malicious. It's verging on criminal.
Real spent decades trying to erase the negative image of being Franco's club (even though Athletic Aviación de Madrid had clear military links to the regime), but now, José is creating a PR nightmare.
Will it lead to marketing problems (I know, how ironic) down the line?
To quote former Real president Ramón Calderón (via Inside Spanish Football):
Perez is Mourinho’s puppet. He is not in control of anything and has no interest in showing that he is actually the boss at Madrid. He has given the coach all the power.
Mourinho has not fooled anyone. It’s not his fault that he was brought in and given all the power at the club. The only winner of that action was Mourinho. But the president knew what to expect when he brought him to Madrid. He has already shown at his previous clubs that he thinks about himself first.
Mourinho is the de-facto president, having ousted general manager Jorge Valdano and filled the squad with Jorge Mendes represented players (Cristiano Ronaldo, Ángel Di María, Pepe, Fábio Coentrão and Ricardo Carvalho).
José is ripping apart this Real team with the dressing room split between the pro-Sergio Ramos/Iker Casillas footballers, the Mendes players + Mourinho's boys (José Callejón, Antonio Adán and Michael Essien), whilst the rest of the team are Swiss neutral.
By the way Mourinho, how's Adán working out for you? Where's that "form"?
Casillas' replacement conceded three in the loss to Málaga and was red carded against Real Sociedad.
Don't rule out Jesús Fernández starting a game.
Having just extended Mourinho's contract, Florentino would break the severance package record paid to a manager, should he dismiss José .
In doing so, Pérez also faces the wrath of Mendes, and could potentially lose several starters including that of CR7, who voiced professional problems with the club last September.
Hiring Mourinho wasn't Florentino's worst mistake.
Being José's puppet will be the decision that ends Pérez's second term like his first term—in resignation.
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