Monday, January 15, 2007

Why the Real Madrid job is wrong for Mourinho...

According to media reports Jose Mourinho has been drawn closer to the position of manager at Real Madrid due to his rift with the Chelsea board, there's also speculation about the future of Fabio Capello the current Madrid manager.

However, like Arsene Wenger, I believe the Chelsea manager will reject any offers from the Spanish giants. The Portuguese manager has a lot in common with the Arsenal manager, both men demand near total control of the football side of their respective clubs.

There's been rumours in the press claiming Jose Mourinho has had several rows with the clubs owner about who to buy and the logic behind those requests. Roman Abramovich reportedly stormed out of one meeting, but few except those who are close to the top of Chelsea will know the real truth, but the signs aren't looking good for Jose being in charge at Stamford Bridge next season with so many stories circulating about his future.

Arsene Wenger wouldn't put up with being told who to buy and who to sell, no self respecting coach would. So it came as no surprise that Wenger has rebuffed interest from Madrid on several occasions - whenever there's speculation about the manager's job at Real, Wenger is linked.

Part of the problem is that Real Madrid is a club which is dominated by politics and is all too often embroiled in presidential elections, with candidates making vote winning promises to fans about who the club may sign if they put a cross on right name at the ballot box.

Having spent the last few weeks debating Chelsea's needs on the playing staff front would Jose Mourinho really fancy adding his name to following list?

Luis Molowny 1985 - 1986
Leo Beenhakker 1986 - 1989
John Toshack 1989 - 1990
Alfredo Di Stéfano 1990 - 1991
Radomir Antić 1991 - 1992
Leo Beenhakker 1992
Benito Floro 1992 - 1993
Vicente Del Bosque 1994
Jorge Valdano 1994 - 1995
Fabio Capello 1996 - 1997
Jupp Heynckes 1997 - 1998
Jose Antonio Camacho 1998
Guus Hiddink 1998 - 1999
John Toshack 1999
Vicente Del Bosque 1999 - 2003
Carlos Queiroz 2003 - 2004
Jose Antonio Camacho 2004
Mariano García Remón 2004
Vanderlei Luxemburgo 2004 - 2005
Juan Ramón López Caro 2005 - 2006
Fabio Capello 2006 - Present

In stark contrast and barring Capello, Fergie has seen that lot off during his 20 year spell at United, managerial stability isn't an often used phrase when it comes to Real Madrid - sure they've won more European Cups than United during that spell, but that is a different story, and it's true to say that Fergie wouldn't have lasted very long at Madrid either. Mourinho would want more control not less and by joining Madrid he'd be just another managerial pawn.

A move to an Italian club would seem to be on the cards and the Portuguese manager has admitted that is something which appeals to him recently

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