Special gone! Mourinho will leave Real Madrid on June 1, paving the way for Chelsea return with Spanish giants dropping £12m release fee.
- Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season having agreed to leave the club by mutual consent
- Madrid president Florentino Perez confirmed Mourinho will not recieve any of his £17 million compensation fee
- Mourinho will leave the club on June 1, paving the way for a return to Chelsea
- Carlo Ancelotti is top of Madrid’s list to replace Mourinho – he has said he wants to leave PSG
Jose Mourinho is free to return to Chelsea after Real Madrid president Florentino Perez last night waived the £12million compensation clause in his contract.
Perez announced that Mourinho’s troubled and chaotic three-year stint at the Bernabeu will end next month after holding talks with the Portuguese coach over the weekend.
Mourinho had four years left on his contract. He will take charge of Sunday’s clash at Real Sociedad and then bow out at home against Osasuna on June 1.
Perez, who hopes to appoint Paris Saint-Germain’s title-winning coach Carlo Ancelotti, said: ‘The club and manager agree the timing is right to bring our relationship to an end. We would like to thank Jose for all his hard work. The team have improved in his three years and we wish him all the best.’
The self-styled Special One will officially leave his position at the Bernabeu on June 3 and Chelsea are hoping to unveil him at a Stamford Bridge press conference the following week.
The parting was billed, diplomatically, as ‘mutual consent’, but anyone with more than a passing interest in Mourinho’s career in Spain will know he has exhausted the patience of this famous club — particularly with his failure to win the Champions League.
Perez added: ‘We have made a big jump in terms of competitiveness. Now we are back where we belong. Before we were being knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage and now we are always group seeds.
‘We played some spectacular football last season. In the world of mere mortals reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League and the final of the Copa del Rey would be enough but for us it is not enough.
‘Overall, the balance is positive. It has just not been sufficiently good; neither for us nor for Mourinho. But it has not been a bad season.
‘Mourinho is the longest-serving coach in the first division. It is not easy to last three seasons — and even more so at this club.
‘If we had won a European Cup then we would not be talking about this. In England a match lasts the two hours before a game, the two hours of the game, and then the two hours afterwards. Here it is seven days a week and the pressure tells. We would have liked him to continue but the pressure was just not sustainable and went beyond the limits of normality, with insults unbecoming civilised people.’
Perez added that it was ‘unacceptable’ for Real Madrid supporters to have abused Mourinho’s wife as she sat in the back of his car when he drove into their training ground two weeks ago.
Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Real has never been easy, but it has soured significantly in the last six months.
He drops Real captain Iker Casillas. The Spanish press report that Casillas and Sergio Ramos will request transfers if Mourinho remains in charge next season.
Mourinho clashes with Ramos after defeat by Barcelona. When the row is leaked to the press, he accuses his players of ‘killing’ him.
Real lose to city rivals Atletico in the Spanish Cup final, but not before Mourinho is sent to the stands for arguing with officials.
Mourinho explored other options in England when he realised his spell at Real Madrid was coming to an end, but Chelsea are the only club willing to take a chance on him. He won two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge before he was sacked in September 2007 the day after a 1-1 draw with Rosenborg in the Champions League.
It’s a measure of Manchester City’s aspirations that the Portuguese’s style was dismissed by chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain as ‘too vulgar’ when they were considering replacements for Roberto Mancini.
At Manchester United, who were considering a replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson, influential director Sir Bobby Charlton let it be known that Mourinho was always a no-go.
Despite huge reservations about Mourinho’s return to Chelsea, Frank Lampard insists he will be a success at Stamford Bridge next season. The midfielder, who flew to New York yesterday with the team, said: ‘It’s a presence and an aura and a way with people. He galvanises people. His own self-confidence reflects back on his teams. He did that to me personally.
Been here before: Ancelotti (right) will again be following in Mourinho’s footsteps, as both won the Premier League with Chelsea, where Mourinho is expected to return following a fiery departure from Real Madrid
‘Tactically he’s fantastic. He’s very astute. As a team he sets you up brilliantly. But what he does is get the best out of players and get this togetherness that I’d never known until he came to the club and I haven’t seen since then.
‘He might rub people up the wrong way. As a manager, he’s brilliant with his team, tactically, he’s brilliant with individuals and I think he’s brilliant with the press. I know it creates a storm, but he does protect his players.’
Mourinho arrived at Real Madrid in 2010 fresh from the second Champions League triumph of his career after his Inter Milan side crushed Bayern Munich in the Bernabeu. He also won it with Porto in 2004.
His ambition is to become the first coach to win the European Cup in three different countries, but it proved beyond him at Real after three successive semi-final appearances.
They were record-breakers, winning La Liga last year with 100 points, and his players threw Mourinho into the air as they celebrated their first title since 2008.
MOURINHO’S TITLE TRIUMPHS
2002/03: Mourinho won the first of back-to-back Liga titles with Porto in 2003 when, in his first full season at the club, he helped them finish 11 points clear of his former club Benfica after losing just twice in 34 games.
2003/04: It was an almost identical story the following season as Porto retained their title with an eight-point gap to Benfica after again losing just two matches. Mourinho also led Porto to the Champions League title that season before leaving to join Chelsea.
2004/05: Mourinho was an immediate hit in England as, in his first season, he led Chelsea to only the second championship in their history and their first since 1955. The Blues lost just once in 38 matches to finish 12 clear of reigning champions Arsenal.
2005/06: As with Porto, Mourinho led Chelsea to successive Premier League titles following another dominant season which saw them finish eight points clear of Manchester United despite losing their final two games.
INTER MILAN (Italy)
2008/09: Having left Chelsea in late 2007, Mourinho took charge of Inter the following summer and again it did not take him long to work his magic as the Nerazzurri won the league in his debut season with a 10-point gap to Juventus.
2009/10: Mourinho’s Inter retained their title during a record-breaking season which saw them become the first Italian side to win the treble of Serie A, Champions League and Coppa Italia. That summer Mourinho left Italy to join Real Madrid.
REAL MADRID (Spain)
2011/12: After failing to knock two-time reigning champions Barcelona off their perch during his first season at the Bernabeu, Mourinho tasted league success in his second year following a record-breaking campaign which saw them smash the club’s 51-year-old record of 168 competitive goals in a season and pass the Primera Division single-season record of 107, which was set by Madrid in 1990.
JOSE MOURINHO TIMELINE
1963: Born January 26. Father Felix Mourinho was a former Portugal goalkeeper.
1992: After middle-ranking jobs at Estrela Amadora and Vitoria Setubal, works as Bobby Robson’s translator at Sporting Lisbon before becoming involved in team affairs.
1993: Moves to Porto with Robson.
1996: Joins Barcelona as assistant coach to Robson.
1997: Stays on under new coach Louis van Gaal.
2000: Lasts nine games as coach of Benfica before resigning due to problems in the boardroom.
2001: Appointed coach of Uniao de Leiria.
2002: Joins Porto.
2003: In Mourinho’s first full season in charge, Porto win the treble of domestic league, cup and UEFA Cup.
2004: Porto win the league and add the Champions League, with 3-0 victory over Monaco.
June 2 – Appointed Chelsea manager.
2005: February 27 – Wins Carling Cup with final defeat of Liverpool.
April – Chelsea seal Premier League title with 2-0 win at Bolton.
2006: April – Chelsea claim a second consecutive Premier League title and Mourinho’s fourth domestic title in a row.
2007: February – Chelsea win Carling Cup, beating Arsenal 2-1.
May – Chelsea lose Champions League semi-final to Liverpool, but win the FA Cup against Manchester United.
August – Chelsea set a new record of 64 unbeaten home matches in the English top flight with win over Birmingham.
September – Leaves Chelsea by “mutual consent”.
2008: June – Appointed Inter Milan boss on a three-year contract.
August – Wins Italian Supercup with victory over Roma.
2009: May 16 – Wins Serie A at the first attempt.
May 25 – Signs a contract extension at Inter until 2012.
2010: March – Inter knock Chelsea out of the Champions League in the last 16.
May 5 – Inter win the Coppa Italia.
May 16 – Mourinho claims his second Serie A title with Inter.
May 22 – Guides Inter to Champions League triumph with a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich.
May 26 – Madrid part company with coach Manuel Pellegrini and approach Mourinho.
May 31 – Unveiled as Real Madrid coach.
2011: May 3 – Madrid lose Champions League semi-final to Barcelona.
August 18 – Appears to poke then Barcelona assistant manager Tito Vilanova in the eye during Super Copa defeat at the Nou Camp.
2012: May 2 – Guides Madrid to their first Primera Division title in four years.
May 22 – Signs contract extension until June 2016.
August – Leads Madrid to a Super Copa victory over Barcelona.
April – After eliminating Manchester United, Madrid are beaten by Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semi-finals.
May 17 – Madrid lose the Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid, meaning the season ends without major silverware.
May 20 – It is confirmed that Mourinho will leave Real after the final game of the season against Osasuna.