La Liga: Is Real Madrid's Mourinho That Happy With the Club?
Always controversial, José Mourinho opened hostilities with Real Madrid's board after last Sunday's La Liga match. During the press conference Mourinho suggested that he was fed up with the board's reluctance to defend the club.
During the press conference, after a 1-0 victory over Sevilla, Mourinho came along with a list of 13 referee mistakes, which allegedly harmed Real Madrid.
Except for the Portuguese manager, no one from Real Madrid's executive structure commented on the referee's performance.
As though this was not enough, Florentino Perez claimed that criticizing refereeing went against the club's values. Was this a shot at Mourinho or just an excuse?
On top of that, Mourinho is also going back and forth with Perez and Jorge Valdano. The problem? After Gonzalo Higuain's injury, Madrid's coach claimed that he needed a new striker. Until now, Real Madrid has not been rumored to make a move on any striker in the January transfer window.
Because of this discussion over transfers rumors started to arise that Mourinho's relationship with Jorge Valdano is not that good. According many writers, among them Madrid fans, Mourinho feels tied to the role of coaching and all of us know that Mourinho needs full control in order to succeed.
Of course, the disappointment is clear on both sides of the table.
Should Mou be disappointed with Real Madrid's board?
After losing 5-0 to Barcelona, Mourinho said that it was a loss that would be easy to digest. He was not speaking on behalf of most of his players nor for the madridistas out there.
Of course, the bitter loss to the eternal rival is not enough, but we all know, that Real Madrid is also highly dependant on another thing: Jersey sales—which have gone down after Mourinho's hiring.
Jersey sales are basically one of the main motors in Real's economy. For example, Perez stated that Ronaldo's transfer fee was acceptable, since it would be paid through the quantity of jerseys sold.
Now, Real Madrid faces the problem that it could be Mourinho's team instead of Mourinho being Real Madrid's manager.
Unai Emery, Valencia's head coach, said that Real Madrid's PR director presented his apologies for Mourinho's acts after he broke the courtesan rule of letting the home side's manager, in this case Emery, meet the journalists first in the post-game conference. He was told: "We can't control him."
Although the problems are clear, Mourinho has said that he was ready to stay at Madrid for the whole length of the four year deal and perhaps even willing to add some more seasons to his Real Madrid career.
As far as I'm concerned, Mourinho is in love with the symbolism of the Club, but on the other hand, and knowing Mourinho's career since day one, if somebody dares to cross his path, Mourinho will leave Real Madrid.
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