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'Mou Was A Blight On Spanish Football'

No tears have been shed in Spain over the confirmation that Jose Mourinho will be leaving Real Madrid.

The Special One will leave after a season in which the world’s richest club, with the most expensive squad in football, failed to win a single trophy.

Not only does he leave an empty trophy cabinet for the 2012-13 campaign, but he also leaves scorched earth behind him, with a host of influential Real Madrid players, journalists and fans happy to see the back of him.

Suffice it to say, the rest of the Spanish football community is also rejoicing in Mourinho’s departure, none more so than his rivals from Barcelona.

The Catalan region of Spain is still smarting after Mourinho helped Real Madrid dethrone the Blaugrana (albeit temporarily) as La Liga champions last season, as well as beat them in the Copa del Rey final two seasons ago.

But mainly they are still bitter at the way he went about antagonising them, from his spats with Pep Guardiola to poking Tito Vilanova in the eye.

And so it comes as no surprise that Barca’s vice-president, Carles Vilarrubi, has wished The Special One good riddance.

"Mourinho has been a blight on Spanish football," Vilarrubi told Radio Catalunya.

"His leaving is positive. A negative climate was generated."

Meanwhile, in Madrid, questions have begun to be asked of Real president Florentino Perez.

It was 66-year-old Perez who lured Mourinho to the Bernabeu, paying €16 million to Inter Milan to do so, on top of the mega millions he has lavished on players in two spells as president from the year 2000.

Mourinho’s relatively meagre return of three major throphies (if you include the Spanish Super Cup) in three seasons does not sit well with the Real faithful, and casts Perez in a poor light.

"Eliminating criticism does not mean being in the right," pro-Real columnist Juanma Trueba wrote about Perez in AS on Tuesday.

"In the history of Real Madrid the club has only finished the season without a (major) trophy in soccer or basketball on seven occasions.

"Four have been with Florentino in the presidency and it will be five of eight if the basketball team does not win the league this year."

   

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