According to the official website of Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect. The club released an official statement following his departure.
“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.”
“A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”
Jose Mourinho out
Manchester United have said their goodbyes to the “Special One” whose time at the club has been nothing short of making headlines on a daily basis. However, most of these headlines had been for the wrong reasons whether it was not getting along with players, tension over transfer, the board or hatred among the fans due to his style of play and policies. There are some fans who did not like the decision criticizing the management board as the sole reason for the downfall of the club since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. Mourinho oversaw United’s worst start to a season in nearly 30 years, but it wasn’t just results that had made his position untenable by the end — it was also his attitude toward colleagues and his squad.
You could see the disappointment on Fergie’s face as he bared witness to the decline of the empire he built during his 28-year tenure at the club as Liverpool outclass Manchester United by three goals to one.
Why it didn’t work out for Mourinho?
We all know that Mourinho is one of the best managers in the last few decades with a reputation second to none,maybe except Sir Alex Ferguson. From a personal perspective, Mourinho was never a Manchester United type of manager. We’ve seen him do wonders for Porto, Inter and Chelsea, winning trophies as the ultimate underdog. Here is where the difference comes in. Manchester United is a powerhouse in football and Old Trafford is a destination very few teams could get something out of. This isthe legacy that Sir Alex left Manchester United with and a responsibility for future managers, not for managers to come in and change everything Manchester United was known for. Louis Van Gaal introduced the playing system he wassuccessful while managing the national team. Mourinho tried to replicate his job at Chelsea and only this time it was Ed Woodward not Roman Abramovich.
Who is Next in Line for the old Trafford Hot Seat?
Many sources suggest that Manchester United have confirmed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager at Old Trafford. With Solskjaer in place until the end of the season, the club are looking to restructure with a technical director of football and a new permanent boss in the summer.
What Manchester United Demand from Their Manager
Manchester United’s wish list is for someone who can:
- Bring the best out of United’s big-cash signings and create an identifiable style similar to Fergie’s or better.
- Develop young players instead of making money splash on short-term players.
- Understand the philosophy, culture and core values of the club including its attacking traditions.
- Create a positive environment with players and staff.
- Work within a new structure, including reporting to a technical director of football.
- Win everything there is to win as the fans are accustomed to not accepting anything less.
The Favorite Candidates
1. Enter Zinedine?
With 3 back-to-back Champion’s league trophies to his name in his first job as manager, Zinedine Zidane looks like the perfect replacement for Mourinho. In fact, any big team would consider having him as their manager. However, we have seen the best of managers fail in the Premier League which is why the decision might be tricky. Zidane is a winner as a player and manager. Multiple reports have linked him with Manchester United in the last few months so time will tell if he gets the job.We all know he is capable of managing huge egos on and off the field and Manchester United are no short of those with the likes of fellow French men Martial and Pogba making the headlines every now and then. Finally, he will be a magnet for superstars who are keen to work with him including some back at Madrid who are under a similar situation as the Red Devils.
2. Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino is currently on the top of the list. His Tottenham side play attractive football, and he has spent very little in comparison to his Premier League rivals. Spurs are largely built around players he didn’t sign, but Pochettino has a reputation for extracting the maximum out of the squad he has and has been credited with developing several young English players at the core of Gareth Southgate’svibrant, exciting national side. The biggest question though is why the Tottenham Hotspurs boss would want to leave Tottenham for Manchester United when his team is 13 points ahead of them. Not to mention, the new shiny stadium that Tottenham will be playing in.
Other Candidates 1.Antonio Conte
1. Antonio Conte
Well, things didn’t end well for the Italian Manager at the end of his tenure even with a Premier League and FA Cup winning campaign under his belt. The one reason why Conte is not among the favorites for the job is his similarities with Mourinho and the fans are not looking for more of the same.