And the never ending managerial saga at Manchester United takes yet another turn…
Over the past few months, the number of conflicting reports regarding who will be in charge at Old Trafford next season have been too numerous to keep track of.
One day, several reliable news outlets claim that Jose Mourinho is a done deal. The next, an equal number of publications report that the former Chelsea manager has yet to be contacted by a single Manchester United representative.
Earlier this week, German broadsheet Bild made the boldest claim yet by reporting that Jose Mourinho had already agreed a deal with Manchester United and that he would take over the club as soon as the current campaign ends. Bild did not cite sources or suggest that they had been informed, they simply reported the news as fact. Mourinho to Manchester United was a done deal.
Today, Guillem Balague has made an equally bold announcement reporting with unwavering certainty that, as it stands, Manchester United fully intend to keep Louis van Gaal on as their manager next season.
Check out an extract from the Spanish journalist’s article for Yahoo below;
Jose Mourinho’s long-held dream of managing Manchester United is vanishing very fast, as at this point in time Manchester United want to continue with the reign of Louis van Gaal for the coming season. King Louis is dead? Far from it.
I never believed it and that was why I always reported what they said (not once I said myself that it was a done deal, I only reported what I was being told by Mou’s camp, but of course people read what they wanted from it) and I always had to include the fact that Van Gaal has thought for a while that he was going to be in charge one more season and why I mentioned too the club kept insisting no deal for Mourinho had been agreed, no matter how many stories were published about it.
One thing, I have been told, is certain. Van Gaal, as it stands in this volatile world of football, will continue as manager, fully supported by the MU Board, who do not take such decisions lightly.
Balague’s report also stated that Sir Alex Ferguson has played a large role in dissuading the United board from hiring Mourinho.
Tellingly, Sir Alex continued to publicly and privately support van Gaal. He also, by the way, praised Mauricio Pochettino, but not once he backed the possibility of the Portuguese taking over United. Did his disapproval, or, at least, lack of support influence the Board? The message arriving from Old Trafford is that he has, as we say in Spanish, no voice or vote about decisions at the club. But perhaps the board merely concurred with a wisdom and prudence that served Sir Alex and “his” team so well, for so long.
Given Manchester United fans obvious desire for the ‘Special One’ to take charge and their determination to see Van Gaal leave the club, this latest turn of events is not expected to go down well with the majority of the United faithful.
This open letter to Alex Ferguson from a Manchester United fan was sent into Pundit Arena regarding the Mourinho saga recently and, given today’s report from Balague, it has never been more relevant.
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