The atmosphere between Mourinho and Real Madrid fans reached new levels of discomfort when the manager again dropped Iker Casillas for the game against Real Sociedad. His replacement, Antonio Adan, was then sent off and Casillas brought on as a substitute.
The fans’ ire with Mourinho is not limited to the Casillas incident, either.
Madrid are currently 16 points off the top of the table, behind old rivals Barcelona and local rivals Atletico Madrid. This worrying league form, along with isolated incidents of Mourinho losing his cool, could spell an end to the Portuguese manager’s dream of becoming the first manager to win the European Cup in three different countries.
The media is already full of stories regarding his departure from Spain, with The Daily Mail insisting that Mourinho will be manager of Manchester United, Chelsea or Manchester City next year.
A poll in Spanish sports newspaper Marca asked 704 Real Madrid fans whether Mourinho should stay at the club, as well as whether his continued presence as manager is good for the team’s reputation.
The results, via The Guardian, showed a downturn from last season, with 41.8 percent saying he should leave next year, while 61.6 percent felt that his actions were damaging to the image of the club. When asked to mark his performance as Real manager, he was given an average score of 6.68 out of 10, down from 8.82 in March 2011.
Although he led the team to the La Liga title last year, it seems patience is wearing thin. Mourinho is looking increasingly unlikely to be in Spain by this time next year.