Real Madrid have officially announced what we’ve all been expecting since about November: Jose Mourinho is leaving Real Madrid after three years in charge, in which time he won the league and Copa Del Rey. Mourinho will take charge for the final time against Osasuna on June 1st, at the Bernabeu.
Nobody in Barcelona will miss his mind games, that much is for sure. Constant barbs in the press and provocative behaviour, paired Mourinho’s quality for coming straight into a new club and making an impression, meant that he eventually overhauled Barcelona last season and won the La Liga title. In the final weeks of last season, Barcelona had looked weak, while Real Madrid were strong and dominant. From that moment of winning the league, Real Madrid were expected to march on this season and win it again. Pep Guardiola had departed, Tito Vilanova took charge of Barcelona and they looked there for the taking.
As many people questioned just why Real Madrid were performing so far below standard, it became quite apparent as this season aged. Fights with players and mind games lead to factions of the dressing room opposing Mourinho, none more so than Iker Casillas, a pivotal character at the club who had been cast aside. Other dressing room leaders, such as Pepe, had also turned against their manager. Cristiano Ronaldo had already turned against his compatriot months, if not years ago.
When appointing Mourinho as club manager, there has to be an acceptance on all parties concerned as to what this divisive character brings. It can’t be argued that Mourinho doesn’t bring success, as he will win trophies. He was with Inter Milan for two years and won four trophies. In three years, he claimed five trophies for Chelsea.
If so successful, why does Mourinho not stay anywhere for more than four seasons? Because after a certain time, his methods become psychologically straining. There are always players who work for and against Mourinho and it’s when in his second or third season at a club, where he needs players to fight and back him after some negative press, or a string of poor performances, that Mourinho is found wanting, for his players won’t back him. Or at least, not all of them.
Mourinho isn’t going to be the type of manager who stays at one club for seven years and nurtures youth players, for he has no time for that. Nurturing youth is a risk because of their inexperience and there are no “guarantees” as to whether they will play well from match to match. Losing matches and missing out on trophies hurts Mourinho’s CV, meaning young players won’t be risked in important matches under Mourinho’s charge.
For me, the best managers recalibrate and adjust to their external and internal surroundings. They are always great at being able to judge the landscape in which they work and alter their methods slightly to adapt, yet still continue to win as normal. Jose Mourinho is not that type of manager. For all of his trophies, he remains under a certain band of managers whom he cannot compare to.
That’s all from me today. See you tomorrow!