Jose Mourinho was the victim of a dressing-room revolt at Manchester United.
Now I reckon he could be the beneficiary of another one at Real Madrid.
Look at the way the Spanish giants were smashed on their own patch by Ajax in the Champions League.
That should be an unimaginable result for Real these days.
So coming off the back of two straight defeats to Barcelona, to me it looks downright suspicious.
Ajax played fantastically at the Bernabeu. There’s no denying that.
But how rotten were Real?
They are one of the biggest clubs in the world, with one of the biggest budgets, too.
Ajax, for all their historic success, shouldn’t be able to touch them in 2019.
But the Dutch side didn’t just lay a glove on Real the other night.
They knocked them clean off their feet – then got stuck in about them while they were begging for mercy on the ground!
Given the hundreds of millions of Euros Real spend on transfer fees and wages, that just shouldn’t be happening.
So I reckon there’s only one explanation – and it’s identical to what happened at Manchester United under Jose.
The Madrid players are not playing for their manager, Santiago Solari.
In short, they have chucked it.
So, as far as I’m concerned, the only relevant question is: “What now?”
Real fans have a clear idea of what they want.
After all, they were singing their old gaffer Mourinho’s name the other night!
Manchester United fans, high on Solskjaer’s impact at Old Trafford, might think that would be the wrong decision.
But I still have faith in Jose, and I think he might be exactly what the Spanish giants are looking for.
Don’t get me wrong. It depends on which Mourinho turns up at the Bernabeu.
If it’s the miserable, sarcastic figure we saw towards the end at Manchester United – and at the end of his second Chelsea spell – it could easily go very wrong, very quickly.
But let’s not forget he was hung out to dry by his players at Old Trafford.
And if it’s the wee genius with a glint in his eye that turns up in Spain, you might just see him ‘do a Solskjaer’.
Could Mourinho be Madrid’s Ole Gunnar? I think so.
Moreover, what a squad he’d have at his disposal – and what an individual player in Gareth Bale.
Bale has had his problems of late in Spain.
A few of his team-mates have had a pop, accusing the Welshman of refusing to learn Spanish and failing to socialise with the squad.
I’ve also heard he’s spending as much time on the golf course as he is on the training ground these days.
That’s definitely a problem.
But there’s no doubt that Bale is still an enormous talent and, properly managed, he’s a guy who could be Real’s on-field figurehead.
Following in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps, as is expected of Bale, is never going to be easy.
Along with Lionel Messi, Ronaldo is one of two players battling it out to be the best in the world.
Actually, he’s up there with the best of all time.
Bale might not be quite on that level.
But he’s certainly worthy of being one of Real’s famous “Galacticos”.
And if Jose Mourinho comes in as manager, they’ll have a superstar in the dugout too