The “Special One” gets a happy send-off from Catalan rivals.
Barcelona vice-president Carles Vilarrubi has labelled out-going Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho a “scourge” on Spanish football.
After three years in charge at the Bernabeu, the Portuguese tactician is set to leave the club this summer with speculation linking him with a return to England with Chelsea.
However, while most officials linked with Mourinho have kept quiet since the announcement on Monday, Barca vice-president Vilarrubi has not been shy in giving his opinion on the matter.
“Now I can speak out, Mourinho has been a scourge,” he told Catalunya Radio as quoted by Marca.com.
“Seeing him leave is positive for Spanish football because he had created a negative atmosphere,” he added.
His antics were never going to make him the best of friends with his rivals, while he even caused some friction within the Madrid squad with influential players at the club during his tenure.
However, in his first season in charge he faced Barcelona four times in 18 days which continued their bitter rivalry and laid the foundations for their future run-ins.
Mourinho was also guilty of poking then-Barca assistant coach Tito Vilanova in the eye, while he had numerous confrontations with the likes of Pep Guardiola and Dani Alves.
Despite bringing a league title back to the Bernabeu as well as Copa del Rey success, there are still factions of the Madrid supporters who never wholly accepted his approach and will also be pleased to see him leave.
The 50-year-old found himself in a similar situation during his time in Italy with Inter, despite the unquestionably support of his own fans, the view of those outside the club painted a negative picture of the Nerazzurri coach.
With his future yet to be officially decided, it is clear that there are various figures in Spanish football who will be pleased to see Mourinho bid farewell to La Liga.