Florentino hopes José leaves Madrid without a fuss after unsurprising announcement

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When an email from Real Madrid popped into La Liga Loca’s overflowing inbox announcing a Florentino Pérez press conference for later that evening, even the slow-witted blog was able to work out what was going on.

But the initial suspicion that the Dear Leader was looking for more Words with Friends partners proved incorrect. As did the second suggestion - that all club employees would have to wear yellow for every minute of every day next season. It couldn’t be the blatantly obvious could it?

As it turned out, it was. Pérez was merely announcing the humdrum and somewhat predictable news that José Mourinho and Real Madrid would be parting ways at the end of the season. He also confirmed that the club's presidential elections would be held on June 16, should anyone else be rich enoug to stand against the current Real Madrid head honcho.

The key message from Pérez was that it definitely wasn’t a sacking, but a respectful farewell “by mutual consent”, therefore not requiring any compensation. The reason cited for Mourinho’s departure three years into his six-year deal was simply the difficulty of the job in hand. “He feels there is a level of pressure that’s difficult to support and up to now he was able to do it,” explained the Madrid bigwig. What was missing from Pérez was a Loony Tunes mime and the mouthing of words “he’s lost it” while at the podium.

The President admitted that an approach had been made to PSG for Carlo Ancelotti, but that it had been rebuffed, with no news as to what the next steps would be in finding a replacement for Mourinho.

Due the very unsurprising nature of the surprise announcement, the local media were already waiting to begin their goodbyes to the Special One, which mainly consisted of recalling when the manager was rude about Barcelona, Pep Guardiola, UEFA, referees, Manuel Preciado, Manuel Pellegrini, the club's youth team players, the club's youth team coach, Pepe, Iker Casillas, and so on and so on. ‘The Special End’ was Marca’s headline on Tuesday. AS had begun their particular tribute the day before with a very entertaining feature detailing of all the scrapes Mourinho had found himself in over the past three years.

Tuesday’s edition was just as fierce, but in a surprising move it was quite critical of El Presidente himself, which is never normally a good idea. “Florentino is good at looking for money and political influence but is a compulsive spender and frankly quite bad at sporting management,” wrote the paper’s brave editor, Alfredo Relaño.

Flags were at half mast in the Catalan capital, with their arch enemy only around for another fortnight. However, there are few punches pulled in the editorials reacting to the news of more managerial movements in Mordor. “Defeated and divorced,” wrote Josep Maria Casanovas in Sport, “They were destined to end this way.”

“If Madrid were a multinational company that demanded results from their executives, they would immediately fire Florentino Pérez as the person most responsible for the disaster of the past three years,” continues the columnist, getting into his groove. “The Flo/Mou partnership brought the club to one of its lowest points in terms of image, the sporting results have been disappointing and the economic debt has continued to grow.”

The feeling that Florentino has failed is just as strong over in the pages of Mundo Deportivo. The paper’s Director, Santi Nolla, writes that “Mou’s goodbye is the end of an era in Madrid, not a footballing era as nothing that noteworthy has been achieved, but in terms of tension, the press conferences, the attacks and the bad image,”

Real Madrid must now hope that Mourinho’s goodbye is a swift, no fuss and no nonsense affair, ideally with the Madrid manager seen but never heard over the final two weeks. While the end of an era is being spoken about in Spain, it is important to remember that until Mourinho boards the plane to London, anything can still happen at Real Madrid.