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Reports: Mourinho Future to be Decided This Week
ESPN FC, May 20th, 2013 1:38PM
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TAGS:  england, france, germany, real madrid, spain


Reports in Spain suggest that Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho’s future could be decided this week, instead of after the final round of La Liga games on June 1. It’s no secret that this will be the Portuguese tactician’s final season at the Bernabeu, but thanks to his antics during Real’s 2-1 Copa del Rey final defeat to Atletico Madrid, which saw him sent off by referee Carlos Clos Gomez, he could be banned from Real’s final two La Liga games.

If that happens, there would be little incentive to keep Mourinho around the place, especially when a majority of fans would like to see him gone, immediately. According to a poll in AS, a whopping 82 percent would like to see Mourinho replaced by Madrid B team coach Alberto Toril for the final two games of the season. After the final, Mourinho suggested that fans deserved to know what is going to happen as soon as possible.

However, the financial picture is somewhat complicated. The club’s first-choice replacement is Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti, but the Ligue 1 champion doesn’t want to let him go for free, and the Italian has another year on his contract. Meanwhile, Real President Florentino Perez wants Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to pay the release clause in Mourinho’s contract so he can go back to Stamford Bridge, but Abramovich doesn’t seem to be willing to pay, either. If Perez won’t pay for Ancelotti, ESPN says that outgoing Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes could be another option.

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