Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has revealed he will probably not stand for re-election when his four-year tenure ends in 2010.
“From today’s perspective, I don’t think I will stand when I call the elections,” Calderon said in comments to Cadena Ser radio published on the club’s website.
“This is a very attractive job but I am not interested in staying here for life.”
Calderon was speaking after the club said it would investigate allegations published in Marca on Tuesday that votes at the club’s general assembly last month had been rigged. Real have won back-to-back Primera Liga titles but Calderon has still found himself criticised by fans and local media, often for his failed bids to bring in high-profile players.
In the Cadena Ser on Tuesday, Calderon appealed to the media to stop publishing what he called lies.
“It’s very difficult to go into work every day thinking about what you will read in the press. It doesn’t help the team or the club,” he said.
“In the past two-and-a-half years I have given up my legal work and not dedicated the time I should have done to my family.”
Calderon’s woes have sparked speculation that former president Florentino Perez may be planning a comeback.
Perez resigned in 2006 after his policy of creating a “galactico” superteam evaporated as the club headed for a third successive season without a major trophy, their worst run in more than 50 years.