‘Mourinho couldn’t hack Madrid job’

Jose Mourinho buckled under the pressure of being Real Madrid’s Coach, according to the club’s former President Ramon Calderon.

The Portuguese managed Los Blancos between 2010 and 2013, winning the Copa del Rey in his first season and La Liga a year later, but saw his final campaign at the helm marred by a series of incidents both on and off the pitch, including a reported bust-up with Iker Casillas.

“To be a manager of Real Madrid is really, really difficult,” Calderon, who was voted Madrids patron in 2006 but replaced by Florentino Perez three years later, told BBC World Service.

“See what happened to [Jose] Mourinho. He is someone who is used to coping with pressure and he couldn't.

“When [Mourinho left, things were in a really bad situation. He had to leave the club after three years of a lot of problems, a lot of confrontations.

“To be here more than two, three years is really a big task. I think he has done a very good job, not only because he won the Champions League but because things are calm, relaxed and everything is smooth.

“I have read Joachim Low is one manager we would like but it is always rumour and we will have the rumours until the next five months when it is decided whether definitely Ancelotti will be here.”

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