Santiago Bernabeu

Next Game

R Madrid v Elche

Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 19:00

Spanish Primera BBVA

Municipal de Riazor

Last Game

Deportivo 2 - 8 R Madrid

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Spanish Primera BBVA

The headline maker?

Graham Hunter has hinted that Real Madrid's spat with a leading Spanish newspaper may have been manipulated by Jose Mourinho.

Last Updated: 30/01/13 at 09:15 Post Comment

Madrid-based Marca last week ran a front-page story suggesting that captains Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos had issued an ultimatum demanding the removal of the coach in the summer.

Real president Florentino Perez then called a press conference to deny that the manager's job had been discussed at their meeting and the club may now launch legal action against the newspaper, which continues to stand by its story.

However, Spain-based journalist Hunter says several players are likely to leave if Mourinho is retained, even if it wasn't discussed at the meeting in question, and he feels that the former Chelsea boss may have helped to leak the story.

"The most Machiavellian man at that table - and that's saying something - [director general] Jose Angel Sanchez is Mourinho's biggest backer.

"Around Spain there are theorists who say this has suited Mourinho very well indeed. Wouldn't it be a coincidence if actually Mourinho, via his ways and means, has flushed this out.

"The one thing that I think is really important - mole or no mole - is what was represented about the players and Mourinho is generally true.

"The large group of them do feel like that about him."

Headlines

Former Real Madrid coach John Toshack was also in the Revista bar this week and suggested it's the team's poor league performances - rather than the opinions of the players - that is likely to see the boss lose his job this summer.

But he agreed that people close to Mourinho may have been behind last week's controversial headlines.

"There's no smoke without fire. I'm pretty sure there's something in it," Toshack said.

"But you have to say that Madrid are 15 points behind Barcelona. I don't ever remember any Real Madrid coach still being in a job when you're 15 points adrift of Barcelona."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Premier League: Christian Benteke closing on Aston Villa comeback

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is edging closer to a first-team comeback, manager Paul Lambert has revealed.

Transfer News: Peter Crouch could earn new Stoke contract as QPR maintain interest

Mark Hughes is open to rewarding Peter Crouch with a new contract at Stoke as QPR remain interested in the striker.

Premier League: Crystal Palace beat Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park

Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Everton 3-2 and pick up their first win of the Premier League campaign.

Mail Box

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

Clattenburg And Assistants Should Be Suspended

It's a Mailbox containing Manchester United fans taking defeat to Leicester pretty well, plus some long thoughts on Gerrard and Liverpool, plus Southampton congratulations...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property