Jose Mourinho Sacked. We Are About To Welcome His Replacement
For those who love football and are avid fans and supporters, this is more than just a sporting event, and it's a way of life. In recent news, we've discovered that the renowned team Manchester United, have severed their ties with Jose Mourinho after he got fired after a dreadful start to the campaign.
Until the end of the season, we can expect to see a caretaker running the show, and who on earth is up for replacement? Come take a look as we delve into the options.
Jose Mourinho, the enthusiastic Portuguese sports fanatic joined the beloved Manchester United team in the summer of 2016 and was offered an extension on his contract last year which was said to end in the current season. He did, however, have the option to extend it by a further 12 months.
Surprisingly, the season started somewhat unfavorably, leaving a battered United with just 19 points off the Liverpool leaders, to whom they lost 3-1 on Sunday. The 20-time champions of England also face a difficult battle to qualify for the Champions League next season as they are currently a staggering 11 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Having already been knocked out of the League Cup, United did at one stage reach the round of 16 of the Champions League, and are said to face a prohibitive tie against Paris Saint-Germain. In a statement, United confirmed Mourinho had left the club with “immediate effect” and that the hunt for a replacement had been initiated.
“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.”
Mourinho won both the Europa League and the League Cup in his first season at Old Trafford, and this certainly steered the club to a second-place finish last year, which was the highest since Sir Alex Ferguson won the 2013 league in his final season when he was in charge.
Mourinho’s assistants Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna were in charge of training on Tuesdays, but the club has not yet revealed the identity of the new caretaker. Here are some of the names most prominent with the permanent role to replace the booted Mourinho.
Zidane left the Real Madrid team in May shortly after becoming the first manager in history to win the Champions League which was both in its prevailing composition and as the European Cup. The Frenchman achieved this three times in a row.
Not only had this Frenchman lifted the trophy with Real Madrid as a player in 2002, but he had also guided the Spanish giants to Champions League fame in 2016 and in 2017 when they beat Atletico Madrid and Juventus in the respective finals.
Zidane seems to be the bookmakers’ favorite at 10/11, but he will inevitably face a difficult task when it comes to replicating the success he achieved in Madrid, where he had a wider talented squad at his disposal. He doesn't seem to be as popular on Twitter as he is on the field.
Conte has won titles with both the Juventus and Chelsea teams, and his two seasons in charge of the Blues implies he wouldn’t need to adapt to the Premier League.
However, the Italian's style might be too attritional for a club who are aiming at moving from a manager who instigated fights with most of his squad and with members of the board.
Despite failing to win a major trophy, Pochettino has definitely molded Tottenham Hotspur into a force to be reckoned with in England. He has also done so with a budget immensely inferior to that of its rivals.
He is indeed a natural candidate in regards to focussing on attractive soccer skills and developing youth. He is on this list because he managed in Spain before, and despite the fact he signed a new five-year deal with Spurs in May, Pochettino is number three on the list to replace Mourinho.
Blanc is known for taking charge of Bordeaux, France and Paris Saint Germain, but he has not coached since 2016. The reason why he's on this list and a favorite is because he actually played for United. We might see him take a march on some of his rivals and the club’s French contingent might be in favor of his nomination.
Some very popular tweets went viral from Sky Sports News on the Twitter network and we can certainly see the fans and networks are eager to know who will be in charge of the United team and lead them to victory. Judging by those likes, shares and comments, he has many supporters.
We have another Frenchman on the list. Wenger lifted that dreadful curtain that went down on a 22-year spell at Arsenal last season, but has frequently stated he has no intention of retiring. He seems to be a proven winner, and his inclination for engaging football would be a perfect fit at United.
Of course, he will have to possess the ability to shoulder the responsibility that comes with managing a huge club. It does, however, seem possible when we think of him leading an English club other than Arsenal. Does he look like a winner to you?
Monaco was led to their first Ligue 1 title by Jardim almost two decades ago in 2017. We got to see him and his team in action as they played a thrilling and vibrant game. However, it all stopped abruptly as he was fired earlier this season.
Fans are making their bets, and since the news hit about Jose's sacking, Carrick has received just 22 percent, which has resulted in his price tumbling dramatically. The Red Devils have asked the 37-year-old to man the first-team actions on an interim basis.
Six months since his retirement as a player and Carrick looks promising. Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said:
“The Old Trafford board have finally pulled the trigger and now it’s time for the club to find the replacement to galvanize the whole football club. Michael Carrick could be viewed similarly to Ryan Giggs, who came in to steady the ship in 2013 after David Moyes left. Whether he would be a long-term appointment or not is another question."
Here is a complimentary video of the official news. The fans are indeed shocked by this decision, but when it comes to rules and regulations, everyone has to abide by them or suffer the consequences as Jose soon found out.
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