Real Madrid have announced that head coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge of the Spanish giants.
At a packed press conference today, Real President Florentino Perez said”
“We’ve decided to bring our relationship to an end,” said Perez. “Nobody’s been sacked, it’s a mutual agreement.”
“The club and manager agree the timing is right to bring our relationship to an end,” Perez added.
“On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Jose Mourinho for all his hard work.
“The team has improved in his three years and we wish him all the best.”
Real Madrid have two games left this season. They re away at Real Sociedad on 26 May, with Mourinho taking charge at the Bernabeu for the final time on 1 June against Osasuna.
Perez was asked about Mourinho’s replacement and he responded:
“We have no pre-contract signed with any managerial candidate,” he said.
“It’s something we’ll have to look at in the coming days.”
Mourinho’s stint in Madrid will be viewed by many in the media as a failure because he failed to win the Champions League despite reaching the semi-finals for three consecutive years. But that is a short sighted viewpoint. Real had not won a trophy for two years before Mourinho arrived and they could not get past the Round of 16 in the Champions League.
Under Mourinho, Real He finished second in La Liga in his first season, four points behind Barcelona, and they beat their rivals in the Copa del Rey final. Last season, Mourinho’s side won the title, amassing a record 100 points in the process.
What do you think of Mou’s time in Madrid? Was it a success or not?