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Mourinho's Real days look numbered

by Sportsnews (writer), , February 11, 2013

Despite ending Barcelona's three-season dominance in La Liga last year, and securing Copa del Rey and Super Cup success during his tenure at the Bernabeu

Mourinho has hardly endeared himself to Madrid fans this term, and the fact that the former Inter Milan boss was forced to concede the title race before the winter break, with Barcelona holding what looks to be an insurmountable lead at the summit of the Spanish top flight, has not helped his cause.

The 49-year-old was jeered by the Madrid faithful after dropping club captain - and fan favourite - Iker Casillas last month, and caused yet more controversy by challenging supporters to come out 40 minutes before kick-off to boo him before their next game instead of during it.

Club president Florentino Perez was not impressed. “Mourinho's cutting his own throat,” was his evaluation of such antics.

Mourinho's cavalier attitude is curious then given those comments and the club's penchant for unceremoniously giving managers the sack, even successful ones.

Bayern Muncich manager Jupp Heynckes found that out to his cost after landing Real the Champions League trophy in 1998. A peculiar decision given it was the capital side's first success in the competition in 32 years.

World Cup winning manager Vicente del Bosque was not above the fickle goings on in the Madrid boardroom either, receiving his marching orders just one day after securing a league title.

Mourinho is, as Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson pointed out to the BBC this week though, a master at 'mind games'.

Ferguson told Football Focus that his former Chelsea rival "plays games too; he is brilliant at it.”

“You are never quite sure what he is up to. I don't go down that road. I let him get on with it.”

The 49-year-old has made no secret of his desire to return to England, where he managed Chelsea to two Premier League titles. And if he is attempting to engineer a mid-season exit, which would cost the club a €20million severance package, he's going about it in the right way.

Mourinho is rumoured to be at odds with several club directors and members of his playing staff. He also has Florentino Perez in somewhat of a bind. Perez is facing a presidential election in the summer and costing the club €20million would not help his cause.

The 65-year-old may be forced to endure Mourinho until the end of the campaign, but it would be no surprise if the 'Special One' exited after landing Real their 10th Champions League title.

Real host Manchester United in the first leg of of their last 16 clash on Wednesday night in Madrid as old adversaries Mourinho and Ferguson go head-to-head once more.

Let the mind games continue.

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