CSC signs MoU on establishing Saudi-Greek Business Council    Eng. Al-Falih starts Greece visit with aim of strengthening investment relations    Photo exhibition on march of Saudi Arabia's kings, urban development opened    Tourism Ministry highlights investment opportunities in AHIC    EU calls for quick resumption of Iran nuclear talks    French ambassador to return to Washington after Macron-Biden talks    A peep into diverse manifestations of National Day festivities during 56 years    Afghanistan's healthcare system on brink of collapse, as hunger hits 95 percent of families    Saudis, expats mourn death of prominent Filipino preacher in Riyadh    The Crown Prince's keenness to develop citizens' capabilities    Joe Biden plays down chances of UK-US trade deal    Saudi Arabia observes Alzheimer's Day with rest of world    Sex and the City star Willie Garson dies aged 57    Saudi exports increase 79.6% in July    Workshop organized with investors from German companies in Riyadh    John Lennon stamps inspiring message of peace, on UN's big week    Al Burj, Chinar, CSG, Kashmir Stags, ARM, Pak Zalmi record big wins in Kanoo League    Four million Indians suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, conference told    Saudi International, Asian Tour confirm historic partnership    Boxer Pacquiao to run for Philippine president in 2022    Saudi Arabia to host Youth Weightlifting World Championships    Bollywood actor Sidharth Shukla dies at 40    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Directs KSrelief to Urgently Provide Malaysia with Medical, Preventive Equipment and Supplies to Address COVID-19 Pandemic    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates President of Maldives on Independence Day    Weather Forecast for Sunday    RSNF Commander Patronizes Ceremonial Launching of His Majesty's Ship "Jazan"    OIC Condemns Houthi Attempts to Target Civilians in Saudi Arabia    Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood cities, provinces    Heavy rain in India triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead    U.S. Records 64,321 New Infections of Coronavirus    Without Fans, Tokyo Olympics Kicked Off    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Dr. Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Jasser, Saudi Arabia's Pick to Chair IsDB Group for the next five years, unanimously approved by BoG Committee of Procedures    Saudi Press: Fitch affirms Saudi Credit Rating at "A" with a revised outlook to stable from negative    Handled Cargo at Saudi Ports Increases during June 2021    SDAIA, DARP & STC Launch Pilgrim's Smart Bracelet (NUSK)    Tabuk sculptor spends 8 years in carving entire Holy Qur'an on 30 marble slabs    2 Goals by Diaz Gives Colombia 3rd Place at Copa America    Legendary actor Dilip Kumar, 98, passes away, and with him an era    Saudi Cinema Night at Arab World Institute in Paris Kicks Off    KSU Leads Joint International Scientific Project for Early Detection of Breast Cancer    Saudi Arabia to Participate in Cannes Film Festival 2021    Arab Cup U-17 Championship Draw Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Palestine, Kuwait, in the 1st Group    AWI Hosts Saudi Cinema Nights in Paris    Brazil Beats Chile at Copa America Despite 2nd-Half Red Card    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Mourinho under fire from all sides
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 24 - 12 - 2012

MADRID — Jose Mourinho's future as Real Madrid coach looked virtually untenable Sunday as press and players alike took aim at him especially over his dropping of iconic goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas.
The self-anointed ‘Special One', winner of the Champions League twice with Porto and Inter Milan, had already been under pressure after a poor first half to the title race which had seen its bitter rivals Barcelona take a firm grip on the championship.
His position was under even more scrutiny Sunday after his dropping of Casillas, the first time the Spain captain had been dropped in 10 years, backfired spectacularly as it lost 3-2 to Malaga to fall an astonishing 16 points behind Barcelona and, almost worse for some, seven points adrift of city rival Atletico.
While Mourinho was unapologetic and insisted after the defeat he was not going anywhere, the press, never on good terms with the Portuguese coach, bayed for blood.
“Mou' is making a laughing stock of himself,” opined Madrid sports daily Marca while displaying on its front page a photo of Casillas with his head bowed during the match.
“Another act of defiance by the coach, this time against the saint of saints of the club.”
Another sports daily As, who like Marca slated Casillas's replacement Antonio Adan for Malaga's third goal, was even less forgiving.
“Mourinho has become an unsupportable problem,” it blasted.
Another of the club's discontented stars, Sergio Ramos — like Casillas part of the Spain side that has collected two European Championships and the World Cup in the past four years — weighed in on Canal Plus Spain.
“We were all taken aback by the dropping of Casillas, I mean he is the captain,” said the defender, who himself fell foul of Mourinho earlier in the season and was dropped and trained on his own.
“It is him who plays and he will continue to play because he is a truly great goalkeeper.”
Mourinho, who is used to winning his internal battles and only coming off second best when he took on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, has, according to some, overreached himself this time.
Despite succeeding in having long-time Real sporting director Jorge Valdano sacked, his combative nature since he took over in May 2010 has rarely targeted the players until this season.
However, since January he has been at war with both Ramos and Casillas and he had to deny last week that he was deploying one of his backroom staff as a spy to report back to him what the players were saying. While the Barcelona daily Mundo Deportivo agreed that Casillas's poor form this season had been a cause for concern, it added Mourinho's decision was not solely based on sporting reasons.
“He (Mourinho) was right, but it is also a political decision.
“Mou was not just relegating to the bench one of the best goalkeepers in the world or the team captain, but also the ringleader of the malcontents in the dressing room.”
While Mourinho has received the support of club president Florentino Perez, although he didn't appreciate Mourinho admitting defeat in the title race even before the Malaga match, Spanish news daily El Mundo said Perez was considering all options with regard to the coach.
However, the club may find the financial compensation prohibitive as Mourinho extended his contract last May to 2016 after adding the Liga crown to the Spanish Cup he won in his first season.
“If Florentino sacks Mou now, he will have to pay him compensation of 20 million euros and only five million euros if he does it next June,” revealed Mundo Deportivo.
However, in a poll conducted by the Marca website of Real fans, it was crystal clear what they wanted the outcome to be with 80% of the 80,000 respondents saying yes to the question ‘Should Real sack Mourinho?'.
Real, however, urgently needs to find some form before Manchester United's Champions League visit on Feb. 12.
When it return from the Christmas break it needs to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit at home to Celta Vigo in the last 16 of the King's Cup and elimination would leave the Champions League as the only competition it can realistically hope to win this term. — Agencies

Clic here to read the story from its source.