Florentino Perez Believes Mourinho Will Bring Glory Back To Madrid

Tony KennyContributor IMay 26, 2010

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 17:  Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano (L) chats with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez prior to the start of the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Valladolid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 17, 2009 in Madrid, Spain. Real Madrid won the match 4-2.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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It was the possibly the worst kept secret in football. But we still had to wait until today for conformation from the White House.

Jose Mourinho is the new coach of Real Madrid.

Speaking at a press conference in Madrid, Florentino Perez, the President of Real, first announced the sacking of Manuel Pellegrini.

"Manuel Pellegrini has finished his time at Real Madrid. I would like to thank him for his impeccable professionalism and dedication throughout his time at the club. However, it's now time to give our project a boost." said Perez.

He was referring to signing Mourinho, arguably the best coach in the world.

"I am willing to recognise that I have committed some errors. But at this moment, I am absolutely convinced the incorporation of Mourinho, who is one of the best coaches in the world, if not the best, is an opportunity Madrid, who fight permanently for excellence, couldn't let pass by," said the Madrid President.

"A year ago, there was a huge and unprecedented effort to configure, and put together, a squad capable of aspiring to the highest level."

"We have advanced a lot. But we still have a lot of ground to cover."

Madrid pushed Barcelona right up to the final day of the La Liga season. But even though they collected a record 96 points, and scored 102 goals, Madrid still finished three points behind Barcelona.

Perez wants success right away. It'll be interesting to see if Mourinho gets the chop should he fail to decorate Real Madrid's trophy cabinet next season.