Manuel Pellegrini Slams Real Madrid & Florentino Perez

Tony KennyContributor IMay 27, 2010

MALAGA, SPAIN - MAY 16:  Head coach Manuel Pellegrini of Real Madrid gestures during the La Liga match between Malaga and Real Madrid at La Rosaleda Stadium on May 16, 2010 in Malaga, Spain.  (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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On the June 1st, 2009, Real Madrid unveiled Manuel Pellegrini as their new coach.

Real's President Florentino Perez said Pellegrini would bring "elegance and grace" to Los Blancos .

It was meant to be the dream job for Pellegrini.

"I've always dreamed of managing Real Madrid," said the Chilean at his presentation. However, his dream turned into a nightmare, and after less than a year in charge he was sacked.

In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Pellegrini has lifted the lid on the cut-throat world of football management.

Pellegrini, who was officially relieved of his duties on Wednesday, said he was  disappointed to have been sacked after just one year in charge. 

"I came here with high hopes and great pride to manage this team. Unfortunately I wasn't able to do what I wanted to do and I had differences from the beginning of the season."

"There were a lot of disagreements in the club. I asked for them to keep Sneijder and Robben, who were two very important players for me. I missed having a debate on supporting issues."

"As Vincente del Bosque, the former Real Madrid and current Spanish coach said, even the club shows no respect for the position of the coach, and they don't give the position proper authority internally or externally."

The 56-year-old then made the astonishing admission that he and Perez had not seen eye to eye from the beginning.

"I haven't spoken to him since August 2009. I respect his stance of the president. He has a sporting project in which I didn't fit."

Pellegrini also revealed that he was upset about the drawn out process leading up to his sacking.

"It hurt above all because they had already tied up a new coach, which isn't ethical. I wouldn't have spoken about a team that already had a coach (Jose Mourinho) in place."

Florentino Perez has employed seven coaches during his two stints as Real Madrid President. The question now is whether or not Jose Mourinho's career would end in the same way as poor old Manuel Pellegrini.