On Tuesday, 18th December, the news broke that Jose Mourinho was fired from his position as the manager of Manchester United, a position he has held since he signed a three-year contract with the club on 27 May 2016.
There were high hopes of Mourinho at first, but the glory didn’t last long as tensions between him and the players soon became evident. Now, in the wake of his dismissal, there are rumours that he is to be replaced by Tottenham Hotspur’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino, as his long-term successor.
Stand-In Manager Yet To Be Confirmed
Two days after Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat by Liverpool, Mourinho was summoned to the office of the executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and dismissed with immediate effect.
The club’s former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected within the next few days to be announced as the caretaker-manager until the end of the season and his first match in charge will be an away game in Cardiff City.
Mauricio Pochettino Doesn’t Confirm or Deny
On Wednesday, 19th December, at a press conference ahead of Tottenham’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Arsenal, Pochettino refused to deny joining Manchester United. When asked the question, he responded: “Like always in football, no one can guarantee anything. What is going to happen in the summer?
What is going to happen tomorrow? Nobody knows. The most important is to enjoy the journey.” Enjoying the journey is also the mind-set of Aristocrat pokies players! Pochettino signed a deal which keeps him with a Spurs until 2023 and it would cost United an estimated £34 million in compensation for the breaking of the contract.
Firing of Mourinho Praised by Players
The decision to fire Mourinho came after the worst start to a Premier League season ever seen by United and the decision has apparently been met with praise by the players as they felt they had no working relationship with the manager.
It was believed that United would be heading for a total breakdown of morale if the team continued under the leadership of Mourinho, as he consistently highlighted the players’ weaknesses after any defeat.
Mourinho Constantly Blamed the Players
What seemed to be the final straw was when Mourinho made unflattering comparisons between his team and that of Liverpool after their defeat at Anfield on Sunday, 16th December. He spoke openly about United’s physical and technical shortcomings and hinted that he could do very little about it: “You cannot improve or make them have [those qualities].
I will give you an example. Robertson, Mane, Salah, Wijnaldum, Keita, Fabinho. They are physical players and, on top of that, they are good players technically.”
Mourinho Receives Massive Payout
Feeling pushed to address the air of negativity surrounding the team, United felt that the situation would only worsen if they continued under Mourinho.
It is also been publicised that Mourinho would receive a sum of £15 million in compensation for the remainder of the new contract he had signed with United in January of this year.