It’s Official: Mou Is Leaving

20 May

mourinhoThey’re mid-presser now. It’s nothing unexpected, but I’m still bummed. Obviously people have strong feelings on Mou but be civil and respectful in the comments.

– Lozil

90 Responses to “It’s Official: Mou Is Leaving”

  1. Sasha-Roo May 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    I for one am extremely sad and disappointed to see him go. Last season we had so much promise and confidence and this season turned out to be drama filled. I wish he didn’t have to leave on such a sad note but the press was ruthless to him and his family. I wish him all the best and pray that Madrid can stay strong and move forward and hope we don’t backslide into a merry go round of transfers and managers. We need stability and people working for the good of the club. Hala Madrid! And best to you Mou.

  2. shiggers May 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    That is just not the news I needed to hear today. Not that that’s your fault, Lozil. I just kind of want to go sit in a corner and cry.

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      Me too. Now I have to go have a meeting with the new SVP. Argh. Bad timing.

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      Me too. Now I have to go have a meeting with the new SVP. Argh. Bad timing.

      • shiggers May 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

        Good luck with it!

    • mygypsyspirit May 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

      Me too. We actually agree on something for once 😉

  3. mygypsyspirit May 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    I wish him the best. Though…. When it’s against certain teams I won’t do so 😉
    I’ll miss him. I’ll miss the team coming to the US (Sorry folks, but the US was Mou’s decision, not the club’s)

    And I think we should all petition for Karanka as head coach!

    • Casey May 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

      BEST IDEA EVER ! Karanka would be the perfect replacement !

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      But they still have to come this year because they’re playing in the International Champions Cup.

    • shiggers May 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

      You trying to make me even more weepy? No RM in the US?! How will Watishistas meet up for happy perving?! Today just sucks.

      Thanks for your comments on Iker’s birthday post, by the by. Helps to keep some perspective with the possibility of so many changes coming up.

    • sadfutbolfan May 20, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

      Seriously? US was on Mou? WAHHHH I MISS HIM ALREADYY!

  4. Luz May 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    I’m so sad to hear that Mourinho is leaving RM – I was crying actual tears when I heard it 😦

    I think it was a beautiful press conference that Uncle Flo held and he criticized the press – great job, IMO.

    Thank you, Mourinho for all you’ve done for the club – sorry that we have to part so soon.
    I hope the Bernabeu and the players will give you a great parting gift – you will surely be missed.

    Am I the only one to see the irony that the official announcement of Mourinho leaving is on Casillas’ birthday?

    It will always be ‘Camp Mou’ and don’t forget: You’re the Only Special One (courtesy of Managing Madrid).

    • mygypsyspirit May 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

      I saw the irony.

      I forgot about Camp Mou!!!!

    • Katie Ann May 20, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

      I saw that irony, too.

      I’ve declared myself Switzerland regarding Mou and the Ma-drama and all, but I do wish him the best where ever he goes next.

    • sadfutbolfan May 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

      YESS! Camp Mou. Forever and always.

  5. Casey May 20, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Well it was fun while it lasted 🙂 I’m going to miss you Mou .

    This wasn’t a shock in the slightest . Its-just , I was just hoping he’d change his mind along the way , I’m an opteromist like that 😦 regardless his still amazing and I still love him ! Goodluck Mou

  6. jellyace May 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    After we won La Liga, and Mou got more and more of his way, he somehow came across as thinking Madridista = Moudridista. What I did not agree was his use of the bench as punishment for behavior off the pitch and as reaction to media-wide drama. This benching jeopardises the match result and is just a show of force for his ego. He sued to protect the players form the media but in this last season, he was throwing them under the bus (like Ramos and the Copa del Rey?). For someone who is a legendary people-manager, he failed to manage the team egos and to truly understand the spirit of Madridista.

    I shall miss him, and his antics, but not the drama. He did improve our stats and did get us silverware, just not La Decima. More, than anything, I shall miss Laverne & Shirley. I wish them all well.

    • jellyace May 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      ** He used to protect the players…oopsie!

    • shiggers May 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

      Ah, Laverne & Shirley. They will, indeed, be missed. Not the mouberries though.

      • jellyace May 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

        Ah, what can you do? The Mouberries and Laverne & Shirley are a package deal.

        • jellyace May 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

          Shigs, I’ll bet you’re wishing he’d take Kaka with him.

        • kfunk22 May 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

          this exchange has me snorting, ladies.

  7. Mehreh May 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    i’m lighting my andres villas boas candle of hope, but i know it’s futile. i’ll miss rui faria and his hair most of all.

    • Rose May 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

      AVB is nowhere near ready to take over the circus that is Real Madrid. I think he’d need to be institutionalized a within a month. He still seems a bit fragile, but one day who knows, he might be ready for the job!

  8. la-la May 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Not that I’m surprised but a tiny bit of me was holding out hope that both sides would give the other another chance. Lets just hope in the kerfuffle that will follow everyone will remember and give thanks for all his hard work and the results he did pull off (im trying not to be contraversial so I’ll just leave that one there…) on the plus side, a move to London will improve my stalking chances immeasurably, silver linings and all that

  9. Lizzie May 20, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    I was really hanging on to a last glimmer hope that Mou not gettin the decima would eat at him and he would stay 1 more season, I’ll miss him and those antics

  10. mygypsyspirit May 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    So… I’m assuming that Lauro and Faria will go with him. Meaning Madrid have to hire 3 new coaches.

    *sits by phone and waits for her phone call

    • jellyace May 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

      Do they need masseuses? I can do rub downs!

    • Mehreh May 20, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      being RM’s fitness coach. what a job. you could totally do that!

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

      Yes! They should hire you. And then I could be your Rui Faria-like assistant who is always yelling at the fourth official and getting sent to the stands. I would also be available to test player “fitness” Ahem. 😉

      • Mehreh May 20, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

        i assume evaluations would be necessarily shirtless. to be thorough.

    • Katie Ann May 20, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      They can hire me to teach English to the players. And drive their fancy cars when they can’t do it themselves. I’ve been volunteering for those jobs for ages. 🙂

  11. la-la May 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Do we know if its effective immediately or if he’ll stay for the last 2 matches? I want to see our little monster thrown in the air!

    On second thoughts, what if they don’t catch him and then, as he’s lying prone on the floor Iker takes a run up and boots him in the ribs… Sort of like a belated birthday present to himself

    • jellyace May 20, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

      I believe he will part after the season. 2 more matches left, the last on May 31.

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

      Oh I think he got his birthday present. That should suffice. 😉

      Mou is supposed to be staying for the last two matches.

      • la-la May 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

        When you posted that it was his birthday I did have a chuckle to myself predicting what he’d wish for as he blew his candles out!

    • Backwards May 20, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

      Someone on a football news show here said iker should run up to him after the last match and smash a ball into his face and run off.

      Thankyou Mou. Sick of everyone who has forgotten all his achievements in the last 3 years. Yes there are problems but come on.

      • headbandsandheartbreak May 20, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

        Ugh, really? That’s terribly mature of them. I’m with you. What the hell? We hadn’t even sniffed the Champions League semi-final’s ass in how many years? How soon they forget…

        • Backwards May 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

          Some of the comments i have read are just moronic. Short memories.
          Most of them also end with ‘Iker is a crap keeper anywayz’.

          • la-la May 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

            I don’t think he’s a shit keeper at all, I trust that VdB knows what he’s doing;

            I’m a new RM fan so I don’t have any baggage OR preconcieved loyalty when it comes to Iker so I was always baffled about your collective response to him. If the girlfriend of one of my employees had made the kind of inflammatory comments his has, and without condemnation from her bf (which implies he condones them) then I would have found a way to fire him for gross missconduct.

            she called flo peez a liar, on tape.

            He did nothing to counter that

            it’s safe to say that despite the fact he’s a 32 yo gk with a broken hand and no match experience in 5 mths, that woul cause selection problems.

            you seriously think VdB wouldn’t have benched him too? You’re dreaming

            • Backwards May 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

              I didn’t express myself very well with that comment. People were just commenting about how crap Mourinho was as a manager and then were slagging off players in the same comment. I was just frustrated at people writing the entire team off because they didn’t win the CL or the Copa this season. People don’t want to acknowledge the leaps and bounds every player has come over the last 3 years.

              Ahh, this season has been crazy.

            • Katie Ann May 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

              See, I don’t know what Iker could have said- even an outright “I don’t agree at all”- that wouldn’t have added fuel to the fire. I really think the press would have found a way to work even with that, so I actually like that he kept his head down and his mouth shut.

              And I’m totally adding to my list of perks of being a nobody: I make plenty of inflammatory remarks about my boyfriend’s employer. I doubt his boss has ever heard them, much less cared.

              • la-la May 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

                I’m pretty sure Perez both heard and cared, as did most of the football press. Comparing what SC did (its implied, with Ikers tacit consent) isn’t really in the same ball park as you bitching about your bf’s boss behind his back

                • Katie Ann May 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

                  Yeah, that’s my point. 🙂 It’s nice to be unnoticed.

                  I still don’t necessarily equate Iker’s silence with consent to what Sara said. Could be that, could be he was advised not to comment… I doubt we’re ever going to know for sure.

  12. number1barcachick May 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    sigh 😦 i loved mou but honestly during his time at madrid the players just became more agrresive and thats not a good thing overall he was a good coach and provided entertainment like no other on the sidelines but also he was well still is good eye candy (say what you want about the man but he is a silver fox)

  13. Dr. Heidi May 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    so a question to the experts here….who will be the next Madrid coach? I’m really curious, as I have no frame of reference here…..Is it Wenger? Karanka? a secret dark horse? Zidane perhaps? (I have no idea what I’m talking about, just throwing stuff out there….). I think I may just begin to love this team given today’s events…..oh god, has madridista fever finally infected my brain and heart??????

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

      Well, it was tipped to be Ancelotti, but PSG said they won’t let him leave. Zidane is still studying coaching and I can’t imagine they would let him be head coach with no prior experience even if he is a legend. I love Karanka, but he’ll probably go with Mou. Arsene Wenger? Can’t imagine that. Gonna be interesting.

      • number1barcachick May 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

        what about RDM he was a good coach and he also is still out of a job? it could work

        • headbandsandheartbreak May 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

          You just have the hots for him! 😉 But that is an interesting one. Problem is that, again, not a huge amount of experience compared to others.

      • Dr. Heidi May 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

        How about Villa Boaz? Oh my god, there would be just too much testosterone on that team – how could any woman resist RM fandom at that point…..

        • la-la May 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

          AVB has been and always will be a sad, third rate Mou wannabe. See? My inner troll just broke free

          Testosterone? Pfft. he can’t even manufacture oestrogen

          • sadfutbolfan May 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

            bahahhahah I agree

        • Rose May 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

          He’s not ready. He could be one day, but I don’t think he’s ready to take on Real Madrid. After what happened to him at Chelsea, he’d go insane within a month. But in a few years, who knows?!

          • jellyace May 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

            If AVB couldn’t handle Chelsea, there’s no way he would last a day at Real Madrid.

  14. la-la May 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    Im not on facebook or twitter, does anyone know if any of the team has posted anything?

    I also read that ancelotti wants to talk to RM, and that the payment issue was crucial as if they didn’t pay Mou, they could buy ancelotti out of his contract? I may well be talking bollox here so please don’t quote me!

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      It’s up on the Spanish side of the site but not on the English side yet. They didn’t pay Mou – both sides agreed mutually – there was no firing or leaving so no payout to either side.

      • la-la May 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

        Well I guess that’ll help flo peez’s re-election campaign, pissing €10M up the wall on releasing another coach wouldn’t look too good; what are they averaging now, a new one every 2 or 3 years? No wonder no one ever gets close to emulating SAF’s record. um, stability people?!

        • Utd Girl May 21, 2013 at 4:28 am #

          I totally agree with you. I don’t understand how so many top teams constantly change their managers . It’s ridiculous. I mean you can’t expect miracles to happen right off the bat. I am a UNITED fan and totally saddened about SAF retiring and I am so glad we got David Moyes. I like Mou, but I don’t want someone who goes to another club every few years regardless of how many trophies he’s won. I hope Real gets a good replacement. There are so many talented people on the team and they deserve to win trophies.

          Sorry for blabbing, I guess I really can’t wish Mou the best because if he’s coming back to Chelsea then he’s back to enemy territory (CL exemption).

      • sadfutbolfan May 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

        SMH. I’d like all the people who were accusing Mou of planning to sabotage his final days at Madrid so they would fire him and give him the payout to read this.
        I swear, the things they accuse this man of.

  15. Natalie May 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Wow end of an era

  16. Natalie May 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    I bet Barcelona is over the moon with these news. They hated him

    • la-la May 20, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

      Well you can’t blame them. He did break their mister. (sorry, im really trying hard not to troll here. REALLY i am)

      😉

    • Rose May 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

      That and now they’re probably mad that they got their trophy yesterday and now no one is talking about them because of Mou leaving. Real Madrid taking up all the attention yet again!

      • la-la May 20, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

        From what I read the reason RM gave mou the job was purely to knock Barca off their perch, and on paper he succeeded; maybe bcos of the inevitable cyclical regression or just bcos he was better at dark arts…have they won the treble recently? Don’t get me wrong, im by no means a hater in general and i think (in the main) they’re a fantastic team, but RM got what they wanted, then shitcanned the fella that did that for them. Just read Sid Lowe tho, he gets that Spanish football is always about so much more than football…

  17. CinematiqueChic May 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    For the past few weeks I’ve found myself thinking it was maybe time for him to move on. But as much as I think this is for the best, it’s still pretty painful.

  18. sadfutbolfan May 20, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    So, my heart dropped when I got the email of this post.
    Yeah, I’m heartbroken. I just went around my house shouting MOU! JOSE MOURINHO! PORQUE!?!?!?? PORQUE!?!?!?!? 😦

    Sigh. I can get over losses and whatnot, but this is when it gets me. Losing coaches/players. I will miss him greatly. He may have been….difficult at times, but he was in all honesty The Special One. No one else like him. It will be hard to replace him, and I am pretty surprised he could brace leaving with such an unfortunate ending. I had faith in him, and I wanted La Decima with him.
    I’m pretty convinced it was Mou’s decision to leave, rather that the club firing him. The pressure got to him, according to Google Translate of Flo’s presser. SCREW YOU SPANISH PRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and all the fans who gave up on the team when things were tough, completely forgetting all Mou did for the team)

    I really can’t fathom who they’ll bring in as a replacement, but here’s what I want:
    Karanka steps in as head coach, he does his business, wins us trophies, and when he’s ready to move on Zizou makes a glorious return!

    Also, I actually hope Jose returns one day and wins a treble and shuts everyone up. He can’t leave his record stained like this….HE CAN’T!!!!!

    😦

  19. Dr. Heidi May 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    I, for one, am very excited to see what happens next! I feel Madridista love creeping in…..oh god, they have (and all of you) worn me down! 🙂

    • SR 4 May 20, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

      Not many will agree but imo you can be a fan of both Barcelona and Madrid ;).

      I have very mixed feelings about Mou leaving. If he would have stayed I don´t think we would have seen Iker in goal again. That would´ve of been heart breaking.

      • Dr. Heidi May 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

        You absolutely can, except when they play in the classico…..:-)

        • SR 4 May 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

          Haha this is true. Well I am rooting for Real Madrid in the classicos nonetheless there are quite a few Barca players I love or admire or both ;). I guess I can love both because of my undying love for the Spanish National Team.

          • Dr. Heidi May 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

            the great equalizer…..when both passions can be sated…..well, my Ramos passion anyway…..

          • Dr. Heidi May 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

            We’ll offset each other….I’ll be rooting for Barca!

            • SR 4 May 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

              That´s only fair :). And I really like them. I adore Cesc so much and just love his bromance with Iker!
              My Ramos passion knows no bounds either. Him bromancing around with his national team mates is one of my favourite things.

              • Dr. Heidi May 22, 2013 at 11:25 am #

                Hopefully when they’re practicing here at my workplace before the game vs. Haiti in June, I’ll witness some bromancing first hand!

                • SR 4 May 22, 2013 at 11:44 am #

                  Gaahhhhh you are so lucky! And of course you´ll witness some bromancing. Sergio will be there after all 😉

  20. tashasila May 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    Even tough he’s made some bad decisions (Kaka and Iker on the bench) i was always defending him in front of others but when he started to use the bench as a punishment i really started to dislike him – like when Marcelo was recovered for weeks and still sat on the bench 😦 but i really hoped Mou will stay . I just loved his behavior sometimes to the referees but i think after we got kicked out of the CL it was his end . i think not even the Copa could have saved him but we’ll never know . I think his time was just over – I just really hope the next coach leaves the team like it is and doesn’t start buying/selling all the players … That’s my biggest fear – I heard that if we get Ancelotti he wants to sell 4-5 players … also my beloved Pepe and Coentrão … that would make my cry … I hope they let the team stay united ..

    • mygypsyspirit May 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

      You will find me to probably be the biggest Kaka fan on this blog. But Kaka on the bench was the right choice. I won’t get into it. Any coach that comes in is going to buy/sell players. They have to come and go. They get older, they lose form, new/younger players are better…

      Don’t believe Spanish media. Pretty much ever

  21. Nooria May 20, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    Honestly I don’t care about what the naysayers think, Jose Mourinho did A LOT for the club, especially in the Champions League after all the years of falling waay short of the semis.

    Truly a Special One.

    • Nooria May 20, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

      Not to forget his MOUnificent personality…*cough* Calleti piggyback *cough* 🙂

  22. kfunk22 May 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    hardly surprising, though i can’t help but be sad to see him go.

    the next few weeks should be very interesting for both parties… if ancelotti isn’t able to secure release from PSG, who’ll be on their way in? benitez?

    and if the rumors are to be believed, i’m also quite curious as to why mourinho would want to reunite with abramovich after things went sideways last time around… i’d love to see him surprise all of us and end up somewhere unexpected, but i doubt that’s in the cards. best of luck to him wherever he ends up.

    moreover, i’m wondering what this means for diego lopez, who, despite how much i adore casillas, has been something of a revelation between the posts, no? i imagine he’ll be wanting regular playing time somewhere.

    in delightful news, bale looks set to renew his contract at spurs for another season… so there’s that, at least!

  23. manie May 21, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    I thought he was an incredibly brave manager and I’m sad that the Madrid machine struggled and struggled until it basically cut him into small enough pieces to chew him up and spit him out. I guess I kind of don’t doubt the “mole” was Iker, or whoever his supporters are within the club, but at the same time, I feel that if I was in a similar position, it would be a really easy decision for me to support this legend/institution at the expense of a coach who didn’t get the institutional backing he should have.

    Oh, Real Madrid.

  24. pmpatrol May 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    Forever my favorite coach. Sad to see him leave my favorite team. Glad I became a fan of the sport in time to see them together. :,(

  25. Gillian Rosh May 22, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    You’ve chosen a handsome pic for this post.

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