In less than 48 hours, the world of Real Madrid has gone topsy-turvy. When things were starting to go the club´s way on the pitch, things off the pitch were spiralling downward into an infinite abyss.
Club president Ramón Calderón might be seeing his final days at the helm of the Merengues. A top priority meeting is set for Friday morning between Calderón and his board in which they will talk about arranging for elections this coming summer. The media was talking about the vice president Vicente Boluda taking over for Calderón. This all occurred after news was being spread throughout the Spanish media about the president´s resignation was but just hours away. Then somehow the president changed his mind and put the elections option at the end of the season.
With all of that in mind, Calderón could be gone in the coming hours. The divisions and cracks in the board room began to show quickly and some of the members have stated their displeasure with the Madrid president. So much so, that they some were willing to resign in order to give added pressure to the president to step down.
The break down in the administrative wing when sports daily Marca reported that there was voter fraud in the club assembly when he was running for president three years ago. Calderón brought in club members that were not eligible to vote as well as individuals that weren´t even club members to cast ballots in his favor. This was part of the controversy that was behind his elections, especially when the club had to count mail-in ballots. His election made George W. Bush back in 2000 seem legit. It was the tightest and most contested vote in club history.
Add to that the strong arming he did in the latest assembly meetings when he brought in the team´s barra bravas to intimidate club officials and get his budget proposal approved at any cost. He would also recur to one of his usual weapons- voter fraud- to get that through. That would be the nail that seal his proverbial coffin.
He would counter all of the pressure he was getting by firing two members of the club´s social board. All of a sudden the scapegoats of this battle had a name and a face that were not Calderón.
Long gone are the days of his promises of bringing Kaká, Robben, and Cesc Fabregas to Madrid. Long gone were the days in which he signed two players that were supposed to be coming in to help support their Champions League run, but they had already played in the UEFA Cup. This action was quite the microcosm of the Calderón regime- he was above the law. He thought that he was immune to UEFA restrictions because he had a ¨different interpretation¨ of the rules. Long gone is the embarrassing press conference where they fire an absent Bernd Schuster and at the same time hire Juande Ramos, who lurked in the back getting ready to jump out like a jack-in-the-box ready to surprise the press. Long gone are his intentions of bringing in Cristiano Ronaldo, although there is hope on that front.
Somewhere in the darkness of some remote hall in Valdebebas is Florentino Pérez preparing deals to take back the position that was his at one moment. Somehow as embarrassing as Pérez was with his crazy ideas for world domination, he seems a bit normal compared to the teamster-type techniques that Calderón used. Calderón´s legacy are a testament to how result oriented fans and clubs are nowadays. Despite his empty promises, he was able to come through winning back-to-back league titles. One can call it luck or winning by default, but it was what it was. Yet despite his mistakes, the club overlooked them- the same way they overlooked Florentino Perez´ when he won at first. They became less forgiving when the drought had no end in sight. Now Calderón does not see an end in sight to his personal problems.
What do you think? Should Calderón step down? Should he remain as club president?
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