Schuster Sacked!By: Corey | December 9th, 2008
Bernd Schuster has left Real Madrid by mutual consent according to Miguel Angel Arroyo and Pedja Mijatovic, and has been replaced on a 6 month contract by Juande Ramos. It is believed that Ramon Calderon was against the move, but the persistent attempts to undermine Schuster by Pedja Mijatovic have forced Schuster out. So by mutual consent really means that the most despised Pedja Mijatovic has pulled another power play and axed the coach. He is what he had to say:
“We talked about all of the difficulties that we had over the past months … and we decided to take this decision,” Mijatovic said. “He accepted it with great humility.”
Schuster was indeed in hot water, but it appeared that despite a bad run of form he would be spared in order to have some stability at the club and analyze his job at the end of the year. After the turbulent general assembly were Calderon’s budget was barely passed and their were cries for him to be thrown out of office, this comes as yet another ill-conceived move on the part of this administration. Firing Schuster may have been inevitable, but right now? We have two huge games coming up and a new trainer can hardly be expected to do much miracle work in the space of two weeks. As Schuster had said, Barcelona is “Demolishing teams” right now, and it looks like Calderon, Arroyo, Portugal and Mijatovic have thrown the squad to the wolves.
Then there is the appointment of Juande Ramos as coach on a 6 month contract. Ramos was unceremoniously sacked at Tottenham a few months back after a pathetic beginning to the season that has been rescued by the appointment of Good Ole ‘ Arry. Ramos before then had led Sevilla to two UEFA cup triumphs and a decent CL showing in their first season in the competition, although much of the ground work for that team was laid by Chapparro who had come before him and steadied the ship at Sevilla. Ramos is essentially the same coach as Schuster, with little communication to a majority of the squad, very strange tactical approached to games and a lack of motivational skills from the dugout.
How his appointment will help the team is really beyond me, but as has happened so many time in the past 6 years since Del Bosque has left us, we find ourselves with a new coach yet again, and no clear plan regarding anything right now. I hope Ramos does well for the remainder of the season, but I do not want him to remain the coach next year, I dont fancy him at all. We all know Julen Lopetgui is being groomed as a future coach for Real, while the Roberto Mancinis of the coaching world should be available come this summer still, so lets hope for the best here.
Francisco Moreno-Cariñena has also been named the new head of Real Madrid Castilla and the subsequent youth divisions after the resignation of Michel. This is a figure head role as we all well know now after Michel’s comments after his resignation, and I dont expect much out of this guy.
What are your thoughts on the firing of Schuster? And the hiring of Ramos? Should we have looked a little deeper and fired Mijatovic first? Does Calderon have to worry now that his fate is tied to the success of Ramos at the end of the season? Why does Real Madrid feel like a soap opera? Lets here what you have to say!