Jose Mourinho could not handle the pressure of being the manager of Real Madrid according to the club’s former president Ramon Calderon.
Calderon told BBC World Service that the man that was in charge at the Bernabeu from 2010 to 2013 couldn’t cope with the difficulties of being the boss of the prestigious club.
The ex-Madrid president said: “To be a manager of Real Madrid is really, really difficult, see what happened to Mourinho.
“He is someone who is used to coping with pressure and he couldn’t.”
It is hard to say that Mourinho couldn’t cope, as his time in Madrid was quite successful considering he won the La Liga in 2012 and the Copa del Rey in 2011. He also took Madrid to the semi-finals of the Champions League in each of his three seasons in charge.
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His first season in charge saw his side finish four points the eventual La Liga winners, Barcelona. He won the league in emphatic fashion the next season though as Madrid amassed a record 100 points.
It was clear that the Portuguese was never a favourite at the Bernabeu with the powers at be, the fans and the Spanish media, so he was destined to leave.
But surely a man that has won two Champions League medals and domestic titles in four different countries can handle a bit of pressure.
Calderon said: “When Mourinho left, things were in a really bad situation, he had to leave the club after three years of a lot of problems, a lot of confrontations.”
Time for change
Mourinho left in 2013 and returned England to reignite his love affair with Chelsea, with former double-winning Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti taking charge at the Bernabeu.
The Italian couldn’t have started his time at Madrid much better by winning ‘La Decima’, Real Madrid’s tenth Champions League title, but Calderon says that there are no guarantees of job security when you are the Real Madrid manager.
Managers don't stay at Real Madrid for long
Calderon, who was president form 2006 to 2009 said: “To be here more than two, three years is a really big task.
“I think he has done a very good job, not only because he won the Champions League but because things are calm, relaxed and everything is smooth.”
With Ancelotti still yet to commit his future to the Spanish club past his second year, the ex-club president said: “I have read Joachim Low is one manager we would like but it is always rumour and we will have the rumours until the next five months when it is decided whether definitely Ancelotti will be here.”
While that is going on in Spain, Jose Mourinho has been thriving on the pressure of working in the Premier League again under Roman Abramovich, who much like Real Madrid’s presidents, expects trophies.
As has been the case with Chelsea in recent history, if a manager isn’t meeting the Russian billionaire’s targets, then they are sacked and someone else is brought in.
That is some pressure, and Mourinho seems to be coping well enough, after all, he is the “happy one” now.
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