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Real Madrid dumps Pellegrini

  • BBC, Thursday, May 27, 2010 2:22 AM

With Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho waiting in the shadows, Real Madrid has sacked Coach Manuel Pellegrini after one season.

"I'm ready to admit to some mistakes but Mourinho's hiring is an opportunity that Madrid could not miss," said Real president Florentino Perez.

The Chilean Pellegrini failed to win a trophy this year despite Real Madrid acquiring Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka last summer.

Mourinho's arrival in Madrid could be a protracted affair as Inter is demanding up to $19.5 million in compensation because the Portuguese coach's contract at the San Siro runs until 2012.

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