Spanish media thrilled by Mourinho exit

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Jose Mourinho

The front pages of yesterday's Spanish sports papers showed their excitement at the news Jose Mourinho was to leave Real Madrid at the season's end.

Marca's cover said in English, 'The Special End', while AS' headline read 'Lots of noise, but few nuts', a Spanish version of 'Much Ado About Nothing'.

Diego Torres of El Pais, who often has an 'inside-line' to the Bernabeu dressing-room, wrote that "Of all the coaches who have been awarded three years to work at Madrid, Mourinho has the worst results in terms of trophies won."

The Catalan reaction at the news was one of joy - with Mundo Deportivo calling Mourinho's adios "another trophy for Barca" and pointing out the 8-3 title count in favour of the Blaugrana over the last three seasons.

The Madrid papers also had some fun. Picking up on [Florentino] Perez using the word "pressure" 10 times, AS made a video cutting his speech with Mourinho saying he loves the pressure and it never bothers him. Marca is running an online poll to find the most 'polemic' moment of Mou's time in Madrid.

There was also some more serious criticism of the man who hired Mourinho, then let him go by mutual consent despite a failure to deliver 'la decima' (the tenth European Cup). AS' editorial argues that "Florentino is good at seeking money and political influence, but is wasteful spending it, and frankly disastrous in sporting management. Madrid had two problems, now they have just one."