All is not well at the Santiago Bernabeu.
In an unprecedented step the Spanish giants cancelled their usual Friday pre-match press conference, in a bid to stop further controversy spreading between Jose Mourinho and his players.
During recent press conferences, Mourinho has criticized Iker Casillas and Pepe as other Real Madrid stars have called for the in-fighting to stop.
“Perhaps now is the moment to say enough, to move on from the controversies with the boss, with Iker, with Pepe,” Real defender Sergio Ramos, told Spanish broadcaster La Sexta on Thursday. “Let’s leave behind the controversy and the individual egos and focus on the union of the team which is fundamental, and without which success is impossible.”
Mourinho’s reign at Real has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks. And the Portuguese manager has hardly moved to dispel rumors of an impending move back to England to manage Chelsea. “”I know in England I am loved. I know I am loved by some clubs, especially one.”
He would be a popular choice with fans, players and the media if he was to return to Chelsea. But would Real Madrid miss him? Nope.
The fact of the matter is; fans booed Mourinho’s name when it was announced on Wednesday night during the 6-2 win over Malaga. He has wrangled and upset the ancient hierarchy at Real and now he is publicly criticizing players and causing divisions in his squad. He is creating an incredible mess. One that someone else is likely to clean up.
He has one more year left on his deal after this season. But he won’t stay. He can’t stay. Can he?
Mourinho aimed for Champions League success with Real, he has failed. Despite going out agonizingly in the semifinals in the past two years, it wasn’t quite good enough.
Madrid will buy more star players, hand over the reigns to another talented manager and most likely watch it all unravel once more as the monster egos that exist at the club collide. Mourinho wants out. Madrid want him out.
Come on Mr. Abramovich, just announce Mourinho as the new Chelsea manager before he ruins one of Europe’s finest soccer institutions…oh, wait. That’s part of the plan? In that case, he’s doing well. As they say, ‘keep calm and carry on, Jose.’ Or something like that.