Mourinho poised as Real sack Pellegrini
Real Madrid were poised to appoint Jose Mourinho as their coach after the Spanish giants sacked Manuel Pellegrini on Wednesday.sports Updated: May 28, 2010 01:03 IST
Real Madrid were poised to appoint Jose Mourinho as their coach after the Spanish giants sacked Manuel Pellegrini on Wednesday.
Following weeks of frantic media speculation, Real ditched Chilean Pellegrini in favour of the flamboyant Mourinho, who led Inter Milan to the Champions League title and the Italian league and cup double.
President Florentino Perez told a packed news conference in the bowels of the Bernabeu stadium that the 47-year-old Portuguese would join Real once the club had agreed with Inter on terminating his contract. “I am ready to admit to some mistakes but the hiring of Mourinho, one of the world’s best coaches, is an opportunity that this Real Madrid, which always fights for excellence, could not afford to miss,” Perez said. “We are absolutely convinced that we need a fresh impulse and that a coach like Mourinho can be the person to take charge of the squad for the next few years,” he added.
“Madrid bets on stability but stability for the fans is winning and being leaders. Stability is not about keeping on a coach.”
Pellegrini left Villarreal to join Real last June, becoming the cornerstone of Perez’s big-money bid to bring trophies back to the Bernabeu.
Perez invested a quarter of a billion euros ($ 307 million) in players, including a record 94 million on Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, and vowed to build a “spectacular sporting project” to put the club back at the forefront.
Pellegrini was charged with rebuilding the nine-times European champions and making them into a team capable of challenging Barcelona while entertaining an impatient fan base. But Real were dumped out of the Champions League by Olympique Lyon at the last-16 stage, humiliated by third-tier Alorcon in the King’s Cup and ended the season three points behind La Liga champions Barca. “We thought it through a lot and it’s not just the fact that we didn’t win any titles,” Perez said.
“We believe that it’s the right moment to give a fresh boost and bet on one of the best coaches in the world.”
First Published: May 28, 2010 01:02 IST