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Should Mourinho stay or go?

There is no doubt about it, managing a Real Madrid is like no other job in football. Even though the team has had a successful season up until now: first in La Liga, a Champions League group stage points total, and a ten point league advantage over fierce rivals Barcelona, the best team in the world.

Yet there are still doubts over the work that José Mourinho has done at the club since he took over.

Given the history of Real Madrid as a club to take strange decisions - Del Bosque and Capello spring to mind - how long until President Florentino Perez listens to fans who recently called for Mourinho’s head, and lets another high-profile manager go through the gates of the Santiago Bernabéu? Or will it be Mourinho himself who says enough is enough?

It seems Real Madrid supporters are difficult to please, but are they right to be so? Well, yes if the history of the club is looked at, with 31 league titles and nine European Cups won, then yes success is something which the fans at Real Madrid are accustomed to.

Remember this is a team where managers come and go left, right and center. Mourinho is the first manager since Del Bosque (1999 – 2002) who has stayed at the club for more than one season, an amazing fact.

Changing manager

The constant change of managers at a football team can only mean one thing: a lack of trophies. Well, not necessarily, again Bosque and Capello are on the tip of the tongue.

In his first season, Mourinho won the Copa del Rey, and looks on course to win the league this season, taking into account the points difference in their favour, and the lack of competitiveness in the Spanish league at the moment.

Yes, the games against Barcelona are a minus, but in the most recent Classico, Mourinho played his strongest attacking team and easily matched Barcelona. In fact, Madrid dominated most of the game, so maybe the tide will change in that perspective.

Mourinho is an accomplished, intelligent and successful manager, and you do not have the success he has had throughout Europe by being anybody´s fool. He is, as the Spanish say no tiene pelo de tonto.

Leaving when he please

The Real Madrid fans have to be careful. As shown before, when things are not going how Mourinho wants, he will have no qualms about leaving when he pleases.

If he does stay, this Real Madrid team has a chance to become Spanish champions and Champions League winners in what remains of his four-year contract with ‘Los Merengues’.

One thing is for sure, if Madrid are to regain their past glories, they need Mourinho, more than he needs them. And ultimately, Madrid’s loss may well be a big English club’s gain.

By Rodney Ballantine

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