The story from Real Madrid is that a bar had concluded roughly all with Antonio Conte on Saturday, right down to a length of his agreement – though had not utterly concluded that choice with everyone. President Florentino Perez wanted to deliberate a comparison players, and there had already been a lot of disgruntlement in a sauce room about replacing a untimely Julen Lopetegui with a Italian. Sergio Ramos was afterwards privately asked about Conte on Sunday after their Clasico humiliation, and came out with a many installed of comments.
“I’ve always said: honour is earned, it is not imposed,” a captain said. “In a end, a government of a sauce room is some-more critical than a technical trust of a manager.”
Conte was in outcome vetoed, and by a same total who primarily lobbied for a disaster of Lopetegui, nonetheless a Italian was conspicuous to already be carrying second thoughts due to Ramos’ comments and a energy of a sauce room.
It has left Madrid in something of a quandary, struggling to find a solution, though that same doubt will still always be put to a comparison players. This, after all, has never been a manager’s club.
If that actor energy seems unprecedented, and such an surprising sequence of command, it is wholly in-keeping with a story of Madrid. It is given Ramos’ comments were maybe even some-more installed than he intended. Madrid’s grand patriarch, Santiago Bernabeu, used to frequently run manager choices – and ubiquitous bar decisions – past their biggest ever player, Alfredo Di Stefano.
Bernabeu became boss in 1943 and, after a decade of restructuring and struggle, finally remade a whole bar with a signing of Di Stefano in 1953. They went from hardly winning anything to winning everything, mostly famously those 5 unbroken European Cups from 1955 to 1960. And that notwithstanding 5 opposite managers opposite that spell. That is given Di Stefano’s attainment was as many an appointment as a signing. Often described by teammates as a “manager on a pitch”, his change extended good over a white lines.
Di Stefano is directly obliged for so many of Madrid’s enlightenment and identity, from a glamorous squeeze of unfamiliar superstars to a stately organisation with a European Cup and usually so many fundamental arrogance, though maybe zero are so applicable as a energy energetic that was conditioned. Di Stefano’s attainment and strange success set in place a conditions where a star players amassed so many status, with their success usually serve reflecting on a boss who bought them, thereby wholly diluting a energy of any manager. Any manager was held between egos above and – during slightest in speculation – below, and mostly squeezed out.
There is a revelation quote from a Argentine’s entertainingly impersonal journal ‘Gracias Vieja’.
“I wasn’t a robot,” Di Stefano wrote. “I resolved situations on a fly. The players spoke a lot on a pitch. So, a coaches or earthy weren’t famous by anyone. Now, they’re like ministers of fight or unfamiliar affairs.”
Except, that is, during Madrid. They’re still a patsies. They’re still infrequently not even that good known.
That is how, as recently as in a final 15 years, a biggest bar in a universe have somehow had relations managerial nobodies like Mariano Garcia Remon and Juan Lopez Caro. That is given those dual are among 32 opposite managers in a 65 years given that pivotal date of Di Stefano’s arrival, with their stints among 43 opposite managerial tenures.
Only 8 of those managers have lasted some-more than dual years, and a normal length of time any power is a small 18 months.
Even that figure is lopsided by a 14 years of a superb outlier of Miguel Munoz from 1960 to 1974, though a fact he was a recently late European champion himself feels rarely applicable to that, and now.
He was one of 8 managers to have during slightest dual spells – Luis Molowny had 4 – and one of 10 to have been former Madrid players.
All of this is given Europe’s many successful bar could roughly be described as Europe’s many bulky club, during slightest by any normal standards of a job.
It positively plays into given they’re so struggling for a manager now, and given Perez had to review to sixth-choice Lopetegui in a initial place.
That in itself is a conspicuous situation, when we recur it a bit. Madrid are substantially a biggest bar in a world, and should thereby be a rise for a managerial career, though it is famous many large names have swerved them given of a intensity repairs their singular resources can do to a career. It’s not a purpose set adult so a manager gets any credit.
It says a lot when a manager with as singular a repute as Michael Laudrup feels it usually wouldn’t be worth. His representative Byram Tutumlu was quoted as revelation AS: “Bearing in mind how things have been going during Madrid, now’s not a right moment. He doesn’t wish to lapse to a bar regardless of a circumstances.”
Except, it’s not that conspicuous when we cruise that history. Madrid’s enlightenment and standing has combined this conditions where they contingency always have a biggest stars and best players in a world, and that in spin creates mature and rarely noisy squads who have finished it all and radically know it all. There is such knowledge there that there is an endless grade of self-management, during slightest in terms of tactics.
This is how we get anecdotes where star players plainly giggle during coaches perplexing to foreordain where they should run; given there are blatant laterally glances in a sauce room when managers like Lopetegui move in systems that don’t immediately fit a players. A bar like Chelsea have zero on this.
That is given Di Stefano’s line about how he wasn’t a “robot” and “resolved situations on a fly” is still so relevant, given Ramos’ criticism about “management of a sauce room” is so loaded.
These are not squads who conclude serious instruction, though instead need psychological facilitation. In other words, ego management.
There has usually been one time when Perez pennyless from that and went for a star manager and scrupulously empowered him: Jose Mourinho. His doing of that patrol is however now ordinarily seen as a branch indicate of his career, and a start of a decline.
There has unequivocally usually been one duration where they had anything like a immature and flourishing organisation some-more fair to a tangible “system”, and that was in a mid-1960s when Di Stefano and a 1950s era were past it, and Spain’s many conspicuous anathema on unfamiliar players was in place. It was also, tellingly, in a center of Munoz’s unmatched 14-year reign. Of his success with a immature “Ye-Ye team” in a 1966 European Cup, Munoz once joked “It’s true, flowers come out of my backside.”
That 1966 feat likewise started a trend where, of a club’s 8 European Cups given Di Stefano’s retirement, 6 were overseen by former Madrid players with a other dual by rarely flashy former players in Carlo Ancelotti and Jupp Heynckes.
“They usually knew how to conduct that sauce room,” was something so mostly listened about all of them, with a lot reduction listened about their specific tactical approaches in a proceed we would with coaches like Pep Guardiola or Arrigo Sacchi.
It is forked that, in a story of a game, zero of a good tactical innovations or leaps are ever compared with Madrid. That is given a primary tactic compulsory during a bar has been a accommodation of stars, rather than their enhancement. There usually haven’t been a resources for permitting managers to set out grand ideas.
It is a lot some-more logical, then, that some Bernabeu total exasperatedly laughed during a thought of Conte trying to levy a rarely mutual dire proceed on some of a stream players. One story has it that Ramos wanted Lopetegui given a former Spanish manager would mostly let him play as he desired.
On tip of all that, then, there are a egos of a group during a really top: a presidents.
Di Stefano describes Bernabeu like this: “a serious type, really dominant and demanding.”
“He wasn’t a tyrant though he was a boss-boss and nobody argued with him. we am totally in agreement that a boss of any establishment is a president, and that’s it. He is a one that has to sequence and a rest to listen.”
That was a mindset frankly continued by Bernabeu’s successors like Ramon Mendoza and Lorenzo Sanz, though many apparently Perez.
“At Madrid, Florentino negotiates, Florentino buys and Florentino sells,” one bar source says. “Sometimes he listens to executive Jose Angel Sanchez, though he also does what Florentino says. There’s no sporting instruction or planning. Otherwise, how could we go from Lopetegui to Conte and if we don’t get Conte, Roberto Martinez or Jose Mourinho? They’re totally opposite managers.”
Others tighten to a bar trust that such a miss of instruction is underpinned by an even stronger view: that Perez wouldn’t even sinecure a manager if he could, given he doesn’t feel they’re that valuable. “He’d like it if he didn’t need one.”
He’s now struggling for a right one, as Perez has found so many observant “no” to Madrid, something he’s not accustomed to.
And that competence feed into another spin of history. The enlightenment of Madrid has led to this conditions where they have a patrol that they can proudly exaggerate has “eight Ballon d’Or nominees”, though also an aged squad, and one that will be deeply costly to reinstate and renovate. That could ironically meant they are forced to put in place a immature squad, maybe one of their youngest ever, and spin to some-more managerial direction. That is one reason Perez is conspicuous to be so eager by Mauricio Pochettino.
It’s just, well, all of that is going to be a really formidable conditions for Perez to manage.