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Real Madrid Hostage as an Institution to José Mourinho?

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Manager Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid looks on during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at White Hart Lane on April 13, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Khalid KhanCorrespondent IMay 2, 2011

It is an institution which considers itself a gentleman’s club and takes meticulous care in projecting such image, yet the way José Mourinho has assumed control over the club and what it needs to do to support him in everything that he does and every whim that he happens to have, is just astounding.

As former club president Ramon Calderón said to Europa Press  last week that "It is not like Real Madrid, but the president has granted the power to Mourinho. Mourinho is the owner of the club."

In any case, this is a club which keeps its head coaches on a tight leash and affords a short lifespan and that is which makes the current situation further perplexing. Or does it?

So why not stop him or at least reprimand him for going against the club’s policy and tradition of not criticizing the referees and thus bringing bad name, bad press, bad image and a bad repute to the capital club?

But would Real Madrid do that?

It won’t.

So what does Madrid do then? Well, it goes to UEFA and files a complaint against FC Barcelona for its repeated unsportsmanlike behavior in the first leg of Champions League semi-final at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.

This is a coach which club president Florentino Pérez picked against the wishes of his principal advisor in sporting matters and club’s Director General, Jorge Valdano. In a way, this coach is his last hope to getting something out of his presidency.

This is a dilemma that Florentino Pérez faces. Whom will he turn to if Mourinho leaves? Maybe onto himself. Well his opponents can wish.

Then on the flip side, Real Madrid needs a coach with a strong personality to teach them that bureaucratic meddling in the sporting affairs is the chief cause of decline in club’s fortune during the last decade.

Plan A (Manuel Pellegrini) wasn’t given much time to do his thing and Plan B (José Mourinho) won’t take sacking, if ever it comes to that, so timidly.

He’s already won internal battles with Jorge Valdano which goes to reflect his enormous influence over the president.

A polarizing figure, Mourinho is. Never a universally loved man wherever he goes. As they say, you either love him or hate him and the same goes for the team he coaches.

Can Real Madrid forgo the pristine image it so prides itself in and accept becoming a hated club in Spain?

At the same time, Mourinho is also playing a shrewd game of cat and mouse using his media interviews.

He regularly expresses his desire to return to Premier League in England and then after couple of days he says that he wants to stay at Real Madrid and fulfill his contract and implies that his stay maybe longer than that.

Already, this game has been repeated many times since his take over from Manuel Pellegrini.

This ploy also plays at the psychological insecurities and vulnerabilities of the president himself and the club in general and is what possibly gives Mourinho the power over the club and its actions because Real Madrid and Florentino Pérez have no Plan C.

Their only option is to stand behind Mourinho.

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