Re: Football Zone
Mourinho's reputation as a 'short-term manager' has been further highlighted this season.
He is the best manager in the world when it comes to delivering instant results and success. However there is never a long-term plan with him once the extended honeymoon period over the first couple of years has worn off. He promotes very few young players into his first teams, and eventually begins to lose control over his players and have a clash of egos with many of his stars.
He has clearly lost the RM dressing room this season, notably Casillas and Ramos, and with a well documented rift between the Spanish speaking players and the Portuguese speaking ones. Makélelé said that during his time at Chelsea, there was an amazing team spirit during the first 2 years from 2004-2006, before the cracks appeared in his third year and the atmosphere became a lot more strained.
Still it would not surprise me one bit if he was to salvage RM's season by winning their 10th champions league title, before the inevitable parting of the ways with Pérez. RM have a history of underachieving and playing crap in La Liga and then winning the Champions League in the same season. In fact only 2 out of their 9 European Cup/Champions League titles have been won in seasons when they also won La Liga, in 1957 and 1958.