Manuel Pellegrini says you need to accept the politics at Real Madrid if you want to manage the club as he prepares to return to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Chilean will look to outwit his former side with current club Manchester City when the two teams meet at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday with a place in the Champions League final at stake.
Pellegrini was in charge of Real for one year – 2009-2010 – but missed out to Barcelonain the league in his time at the club.
Speaking to reporters about his experience, he said it was an honour to be in charge of the 10-time Champions League winners, but admitted the politics is a huge factor in whether a manager succeeds or not.
He told El Mundo: “I wouldn’t say coaching Madrid is an impossible job. It’s an honour to coach Madrid. But you have to realise that when you take charge of Madrid, you have to accept politics play a big role.
“There are bound to be people who will try to interfere even if they do not have the football knowledge to do so. If you allow someone without football knowledge to interfere and if you let criticism from the political side affect you, you are not ready for the job.”