For all his virtues, the Specious One has many faults, and over the next few weeks and months he'll be using all of his media-centric virtues to cover up, spackle and run rough-shod over the last three years that he has been guiding the club. It'll be double-speak, hilarious in its aptitude to bring the Cult of Mou back in the fold, but for those immune to the full-board Special-One propaganda you'll be thinking of all the incidents that led Real Madrid and his Mou-Better Blues-ness to part ways and wondering how it could have been anyone else's fault but his own.
Shortly after being hired he took it upon himself to single out Pedro Leon. He benched him and marginalized the kid and for what reason, that he wasn't 'Zidane or Maradona', that he was Valdano´s buy and then much later he bought Callejon to perform the same role. Frankly I'd rather have Pedro. In that same presser he referred to the criticisms of Gregorio Manzano with the much used refrain, 'Who's that? I don't know that person.' He did it with Manolo Preciado and a dozen other coaches and directors as well. It's cute if you do it once, and I gather the English media love that sort of thing considering how starved they are for any news that isn't predigested pablum, but this is just nonsense.
He told off referee Paradas Romero with a hearty "go to hell" after being thrown out at Murcia and then wondered why the ref threw him out of a match at Villarreal a year later. He did the same with Clos-Gomez and his 13 errors in a Madrid win against Sevilla, but then wondered why the ref has continued to be a thorn in his side since. He complained about the calendar, that the league office was conspiring against them, 'laughing at their expense', but when called on it by a reporter that said Barcelona were faced with the same problems Mou called him a hypocrite. He never said why, but that's the word he used.
Of course, he had a fractious relationship with the Spanish press all along culminating in that incident where he bullied the Radio Marca reporter in a Bernabeu closet with five of his own bodyguards and threatened the guy saying ¨I am a top manager and you are a piece of crap¨, and then wondered why even Real Madrid´s house organ Marca hated him. It´s no wonder the press and the refs treated him poorly.
He fell out with Valdano, refusing the guy access to the Real Madrid plane or travelling with the squad, fired everyone with any bit of power above him, and then wondered why he'd been singled out as the cause for Real Madrid's problems. It was only the beginning of his attacks on the club and the organization. ¨Madrid isn´t structured to have the scale it has. There is no functional empathy there.¨ He picked a fight with Castilla´s manager Toril of all people, refusing to use canteranos or youngsters despite injuries to the first team.
He called himself the youngster´s manager, the guy who used more of them than anyone else in recent history, but conveniently forgot that none of them have had any lasting impact in his team selection and many of them have decided to move on like every other generation of Castilla players before them. He blamed his first team players, benching Ramos, Khedira, Ozil, and ultimately what doomed him, the club captain Iker Casillas. For a guy whose players in the past have spoken up for him years past their association with them, I would say there are few on the squad that are going to miss him.
People will make a huge deal about him poking Tito Vilanova´s eye, threatening referees in car-parks, and dealing with the squad´s constant sifting of insider information to the press. I mean every club has leaks. Does he think the press will be any less forgiving with John Terry around at Stamford Bridge or that information won´t filter out to the Daily Mail? The reason he´s leaving isn´t that he did any of these things, nor certainly the steaming load of propaganda that Florentino Perez flung the other day, placing the blame on the press not letting Mourinho do his job.
He, as Arancha Diaz so eloquently put it in her article for Zoom News, ¨never understood that the key to be loved at Real Madrid was to not place his quest for His Third, Su Tercera above the club´s own for The Tenth, La Decima.¨ She adds that ¨when he was hired he said that, `It isn´t wonderful to manage at Real Madrid, but it is to win at Real Madrid.´ He leaves almost three years later still not having understood that lesson. That it is fundamentally important to become part of that history and not to become its protagonist.¨ I couldn´t have said it better myself.