José Mourinho has been operating for Real Spanish giants for the last 3 years, though every now and then this hasn’t appeared the case. The Portuguese has taken no prisoners among the club, having a series of run-ins together with his colleagues and charges alike.
Like a contemporary Rambo, Mou hasn’t been afraid to require anyone on, not even the captain, Iker Casillas, whom he dared to drop to the bench, first of all for Adán and later swapping in Diego López. Sergio Ramos, Özil, Khedira, Pedro León, Higuaín and even Pepe have felt Mourinho’s wrath.
The Portuguese has picked fights at each level, getting the hump once the hierarchy refused to submit him to take temporary charge of portugal, forcing Jorge Valdano out when a complete power struggle and often sounding off regarding the club. Even reserve-team manager Toril has been on the top of Mourinho’s ‘special’ treatment.
The Santiago Bernabéu devoted fans, meanwhile, have enjoyed a love-hate relationship with the coach, although their trust in him eventually waned. Mourinho, for his half, didn’t wait and see when lambasting the fans for their failure to get right behind the team much more actively.
Iker Casillas and Atlético de Madrid midfielder Gabi went head-to-head in the build-up to the Copa del Rey final on 17th May at an event organised by Mahou.
During the event, footage was shown of Casillas speaking about the famous defeat in the cup final against Deportivo de La Coruña, during the club’s centenary year, and his anxiety about history repeating itself.
“Maybe it’s the nerves. The Bernabéu perhaps had an influence: it was weird to see the fans split 50-50. I was stunned. I don’t know, but it gives me a bad feeling”.
The Real Madrid captain has faith in his teammates: “I’m sure the team will do its best because the players want to finish the season on a high. The cup final is a special match. People are excited”.
Times of uncertainty sharpen the wits. Most employees are clinging to their jobs more than ever, but the crisis has also led to a curious phenomenon in Spain, widespread among top executives who are seeking the most lucrative exit routes possible from their companies.
Real Madrid’s coach, José Mourinho, could be said to exemplify a high-flyer who, by his conduct, is looking to be laid off or to reach an agreement to go, with a pay-out in his sights. This is how Spain’s most important financial newspaper, ‘Expansión’, sees it, in a report published on the practice.
Those seeking dismissals, according to the report, have a clearly defined profile: top-level employees and executives who, given the instability of the business world and the difficulty of the times, choose to leave their companies with the cushion of astronomical redundancy or severance pay-outs.
The other side of the coin, however, is that the company is not always in the best economic position to pay millions in compensation, leading to the process taking longer than desired. Given this, many executives put the proceedings in the hands of labour law specialists, who advise them to force their exit.
The basic strategy is to adopt odd, unexpected behaviour which creates internal conflict and is detrimental to the company in question, until the situation becomes untenable and the path of firing and paying severance is chosen as the lesser of the two evils.