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18 Dec 2018 19:28:46
No doubt there is a brighter mood, especially to those who wanted the manager out. It has to be said that having watched Mourinho sit on the bench on Sunday, it seemed he hardly shouted to get the players going, there seemed an acceptance the end was nigh. Today, I felt a wave of relief, not because he had been sacked but because maybe it was time to deal with all the issues, maybe they have a plan and things will move forward, now we will see.

The worry is the decision process and is there is a capability to get it right? We are still within the six year contract period given to Moyes, Mourinho was given a contract extension, which usually means the board is happy and will support the manager. Last summer followed that and now that extension of contract will likely have just cost the company of Manchester United a lot of extra money. So how sound will the decision process be?

An interim to the end of the season, ok, time to reflect, set up a structure, have the selection and thought process they should have had in place to cope with SAFs retirement. Solskjaer sounds a sentimental choice, not really sure there is a basis for that unless we just want a United man, but sentiment runs through the club, said that many times. Ole is a hero to all of us, but Manager of United would be a strange decision. We still could make the top four, whilst it is difficult we still could beat PSG and there is the FA cup, so why seemingly accept the season may not be successful by appointing a nice likelable man who lacks the level of experience, it looks like sentiment. Another huge risk when there is still so much to play for.

I see Blanc mentioned, championed by the Ed, not sure for me, not permanently anyway. Certainly more an interim.

If it is to be an interim only I would go Wenger, fits the bill for a short term role, if indeed he wanted it. However, if sentiment sways the decision, who knows, Solskjaer is left field,

Long term, it needs a good plan, it needs a definition of what United is about and fit from there. We have some really excellent youth so involve the class of 92, bring them in house, get Rio Ferdinand involved, create the right surroundings, the right atmosphere. I have no idea why SAF went for dinner with them all the other night but see what they have to offer.

I think the club will go for Pochettino, as they say in Poker, that would be all in and they would have to give him more than 2 and a half years. The next 7 months will define the next 20 years.

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18 Dec 2018 20:10:20
Really good post that redman.
For me its a case of wait and see.
Ive no real preferred candidate for an interim role.
Long term i think the club need to appoint a well respected proven experienced manager. One that is hungry for success. A manager that plays attacking football a manager that represents the club the fans and the players.
Who knows who the club will appoint sort term. let's hope its a fun ride. Fun has been in short supply but being am optimist i'd say the good times are only around the corner.

18 Dec 2018 20:46:46
Very good post Redman.

18 Dec 2018 20:42:14
Im sure Blanc's situation around historical comments will rule him out.

18 Dec 2018 21:24:25
Bielsa anyone?

18 Dec 2018 22:08:25
Red Man, I. ove you but you sound like Canute, the season is over. The rest of this year is about building confidence, and restoring identity. I know you were loyal to Mourinho, but you have made some great points about player power and the need for strong leadership; not sure EW will deliver to those.

Interim is a problem, Giggs works for me an an interim. As for the long term, I haven’t got a bloody clue!

18 Dec 2018 22:19:53
Lads is solskjaer.

18 Dec 2018 22:30:40
I agree AJH i have no idea who the best man for the job is.
By all accounts we will appoint a technical director before we appoint a full time manager.
Ive no preference for an interim. Ole is as good an option as has been mentioned if it suits him and molde. He knows the club and he has had some experience. He knows what the fans want to see. He could steady the ship bring back a feel good factor.

18 Dec 2018 22:39:09
AJH

We should never give in on any competition until we can’t win it, no matter how bad the odds are. The next few months should also be about auditioning the players, let’s see which of those disruptive influences deserve to be retained because there are some who have disrespected the shirt

Looks like Solskjaer for interim if Sky Sports and the Norwegian pm are correct but that is a big risk.

18 Dec 2018 22:32:40
If I was Mourinho, I'd be determined to land another top job - Real or PSG springs to mind - win the CL with them and say a big thumbs down to you, to everyone at United and in the media. can't think of a stronger motivation!

18 Dec 2018 23:28:12
Id be betting on inter or madrid. And he will win trophies for sure.

18 Dec 2018 23:28:12
Id be betting on inter or madrid. And he will win trophies for sure.







 

 

 
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