Jose Mourinho’s sacking came as a shock to most Manchester United fans as although many wanted it to happen, not many thought it was a realistic possibility at this time. This is because everybody thought that the Glazers would not be willing to spend £24million to dispense of Mourinho mid-season, when they could save a lot of money if they waited until summer. Nonetheless, they put their hands in their pockets and finally put the needs of the club first!
The problems at the club are extremely deep-rooted. While the manager was only part of the problem, it is a small step, albeit in the right direction. Mourinho had lost the dressing room and the confidence of the board which is always a deal breaker for any manager. Jose fought himself into a corner with his constant berating of the board or players, a lot of which I agree with, but still unnecessary at most times.
Now we need to develop an air-tight and flawless structure by appointing a Director Of Football who can handle the football part of things before hiring a permanent manager.
Ok I have previously mentioned I have always favoured a Manchester United managerial candidate who possesses the credentials and superiority required for such an enormous job. I always said that Jose would be my preferred choice after SAF. I never envisaged his somewhat perceived managerial decline.
However, endings always bring sadness. As much as I loved Jose, his football style was always square pegs in round holes. Not really conducive to our traditions. The best time for Jose would have been after SAF ‘s reign. He was brought in for a quick fix, an intervention that would send out a message to our noisy neighbours. We lost Vidic, Rio, Evra, Scholes, Fletcher, Giggs, Carrick, Rooney, RVP and Welbs. They are HUGE losses. Jose needed more time in all seriousness but too many fans were verbalising their distain. There was also too much stuff getting leaked which created a circus show. It’s a shame but the club comes first.
Also, as much as I love Jose, there may be an ego issue. He has often made reference to his past successes. SAF said many times that he never looks back because there’s a danger with that. You become complacent. Plus I hate to admit it, but Jose has lost touch with the game a bit.
I’m actually not happy Mourinho is gone. I think it’s window dressing for a dead man (United). I refuse to believe Mourinho, Moyes and van Gaal all “forgot how to manage”.
This was the job Mourinho always wanted. He’s sitting in 6th place, playing for draws losing to rivals. Do you think he imagined this? He walks away coaching not to lose in a season where he has no shot at the top 4?
The board has backed Mourinho in the sense that he’s been allowed to add pieces but they want to give him just enough to be competitive. United should be targeting City. I knew we were headed for this when Ferguson left…he knew when to get out (when Gil left that was a huge clue too), the target became making money.
We finished second last season to a great City team…we needed stars to close that gap not add more projects —-we have enough of those.
When Ronaldo became available he should have been a United target — period! Instead we go for an injured wing back. I think Mourinho gave up when his goals didn’t align with the club.