Real Madrid: 5 Reasons Why Jose Mourinho Should Stay Another Season
Jose Mourinho. The Special One. Or perhaps not so special anymore as press from Madrid to London and New York to Sydney continue to speculate on his future.
If you believe most of what you read then it seems obvious that the Portuguese coach will flee his Bernabeu nest this summer.
The friction with team members, as confirmed by Iker Casillas' girlfriend Sara Carbonero (via Marca)—despite Florentino Perez's insistence otherwise—seems to have taken his relationship with his squad to one of no return.
But, if we play devil's advocate for a moment, we could possibly make a case for the recently turned 50-year-old to stay on pending certain circumstances...
1. He's Los Blancos' Most Successful Manager This Century
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OK, not quite, according to Wikipedia Manuel Pellegrini actually won 75 percent of his matches in charge of Real Madrid, but at 72.08 percent, Mourinho joins him in being miles ahead of a distinguished list of managers.
On top of that, the Portuguese charmer has added silverware. An initial Copa del Rey has been backed up by the La Liga title and this season's Spanish Super Cup.
Sunday night's 2-0 win against Rayo Vallecano was his 100th league game in charge of the club from Spain's capital city, and a look at his record in those games is fairly impressive.
He has won 76 of them, drawing 13 and losing only 11.
Madrid have scored 281 goals in those matches and, in conceding only 87, boast an impressive goal difference across all Mourinho's league matches of plus-194.
Of course, there is one thing that would make him more successful, which leads us onto the second point...
2. La Decima
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Having touched on, in the introductory slide, the rift that fills the Real Madrid squad at the moment, could La Decima be the potential medicine to heal all wounds?
Winning their 10th Champions League has gone beyond a mere sporting success for Florentino Perez, for Madridistas and for the Madrid press.
It has become a necessity. An obsession.
To win it at Wembley this year would wipe out Los Blancos' dismal showing in La Liga thus far this season, but could it mend the relationships of Mourinho with his senior players Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas?
Anything is possible in football, but Mourinho is a manager who has proved he enjoys going out on a high, which means it may have the opposite effect...
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The opposite effect that failure to win La Decima, interspersed with their faltering attempt at retaining La Liga and, throw in for effect, a Copa del Rey semifinal defeat to Barcelona could have is to motivate Mourinho to carry on.
At both FC Porto and Inter Milan the Portuguese tactician left riding a wave of success to chase new dreams in new countries, at Chelsea it was different, but would he feel happy leaving Madrid dubbed a "failure"?
Of course, we've touched on how he has been the Bernabeu's top boss this century, but leave trophy-less this season and there is no doubt that is how he will be viewed on the main in Spain.
The gap between them and Barcelona is as big as ever, and they face a battle to even finish above their city rivals Atletico.
Everything rides on the Champions League, the Copa del Rey will probably not suffice, and if Los Blancos don't cut it, will Mourinho be happy to cut his ties with his mission unaccomplished?
4. Lack of Options for Jose
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In 2008, Txiki Begiristain turned to Pep Guardiola to manage Barcelona, preferring the Catalan to Jose Mourinho.
It all makes perfect sense now, Mourinho's style of football and off-field mind games were never likely to have suited the Camp Nou, but at the time most clubs in the world would have wanted the Portuguese manager.
Nearly five years later and it's Guardiola who's the most sought after, and it may be that Mourinho will face a lack of options should he leave Madrid this summer.
A move to England supposedly excites him the most, bridges supposedly mended with Roman Abramovich mean a return to Chelsea could be an option.
The only other option could be France and PSG (via ESPN), maybe Jose will want to start mending some of those fractured relationships at Madrid after all.
5. Where Could Madrid Turn to Replace Him?
If, or when, Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid part ways, who do Los Blancos turn to?
A poll ran by Spanish newspaper Marca in December was won by Germany manager Joachim Low, but with no club management on his CV since 2004, and none in Spain, it is questionable how the 53-year-old would adapt—time is precious in Madrid.
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has voiced his desire to stay in Germany and take on Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich and Arsene Wenger—regularly linked with the Bernabeu job—is set to be offered a new deal at Arsenal (via The Sun).
The same poll had Real Madrid Castilla coach Alberto Toril third, while Carlo Ancelotti was not at all fancied by the voters.
It all means that sacking Mourinho could leave Florentino Perez in a bit of a quandary when it comes to replacing him.