Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a controversial figure at the best of times.
Perez has overseen huge success at the Bernabeu, but his tenure has also seen some low points.
Now, one of his former managers has tried to pinpoint the reason behind some of Madrid's struggles.
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"Florentino Perez is a fantastic person but when you start to think you know a lot about football, you make mistakes", suggested Carlos Quieroz, who was sacked as head coach after just one season.
"The President didn’t want to understand things and in the end, I paid for it."
Madrid throwing away an eight-point lead might also have had something to do with it, but Quieroz insists Perez played a big part in the collapse by allowing the sales of Claude Makelele and Fernando Morientes.
Morientes left the Spanish capital for Monaco while Makelele joined Chelsea.
In fairness, Perez has also been criticised for his galactico signings, not his sales, so it is difficult to know who to believe.
The Madrid aficionado has let some key players go, but in recent years he has also splashed out a combined £165million on Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, Quieroz insists that policy has come at the expense of the wider team, particularly Madrid's second-string.
It is usually Barcelona that are under pressure in recent weeks, and so Quieroz's spontaneous attack on his former employer makes a refreshing change.
Barca still top La Liga, but Real sit just a point behind them and Atletico, who are behind the league-leaders only on goal difference.
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