Demo Follows Champions League Humiliation
Real Madrid fans staged a demonstration outside the Bernabeu following the side’s Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax.
The La Liga giants saw their three-year grip prised off the trophy following a shock 4-1 home defeat. The result meant Real went out 5-3 on aggregate.
After the match a group of about 50 supporters stood outside the front entrance to the stadium calling for club president Florentino Perez to stand down. They also chanted the name of former boss Jose Mourinho who was head coach at the Bernabeu from 2010 to 2013.
Real have struggled this season following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure for Juventus last summer and the decision of Zinedine Zidane to step down. Julen Lopetegui was brought in to replace Zidane but he lasted only 14 games with only six wins and six defeats before he was sacked following a 5-1 away defeat to Barcelona.
Santi Solari was promoted from the club’s second string and while he has presided over 21 wins in his 31 games in charge the past week has seen the side eliminated from both the Copa del Rey and now the Champions League. Last weekend’s home defeat to arch-rivals Barcelona has virtually ended any glimmering hope they had of winning the La Liga title.
Mourinho spent three seasons in charge at Real Madrid during which he won one La Liga title and one Copa del Rey. But his final season was marked by a dressing-room schism that saw him publicly fall out with goalkeeper and club captain Iker Casillas as well as Sergio Ramos – then the vice-captain.
Mourinho is practically the only big-name manager currently out of work. Another potential candidate who is being linked with the Real job is Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri who is believed to ready to move on from the Serie A side who look set to clinch their fifth successive title under Allegri and their eighth on the trot in total.