Could Mourinho take this job next?
Jose Mourinho is set to jump at a chance to manage Manchester United if Louis Van Gaal gets the sack, according to the Daily Mail. Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea on Thursday after a dismal run and could be set to walk straight into a new job if Van Gaal is dismissed by the Manchester United board.
The Dutch manager has started this season off strongly but in recent weeks, has struggled to score goals and win matches. Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat has left the 64 year old coach in deep trouble in a run that has seen them lose to Bournemouth and Norwich and win just three of their last 13.
United’s board privately gave a vote of confidence to their leader, but things are looking bleak and the axe could swing by Boxing Day if there is no improvement in form or mood. Van Gaal has already lost the supporters and perhaps the dressing room is next. The board noticed that there was no motivation and Ryan Giggs was the one on the touchline barking orders instead of the manager himself.
United’s next two games see them travel to Stoke City before a home clash against Chelsea with both matches being vital in determining Van Gaal’s future.
Should Mourinho be chosen?
Mourinho is keen on the job after telling friends that some offers are irresistible to turn down. The board however baulked at the idea of hiring the controversial Portuguese in 2013, so why now?
Key figures such as Sir Bobby Charlton and former chief executive, David Gill were worried about the trouble that Mourinho will bring with him and the period that he’s spent at his previous clubs before ending up being sent packing by the owners.
These reasons resulted in David Moyes’ disastrous appointment to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2013.
The board has reservations about the club’s future under their current boss who isn’t better than Moyes was, but see that the landscape is changing and they need to keep up or face falling behind their rivals. Mourinho is renowned for getting the best players and turning them into serious contenders fitting the bill for where the club wants to go and so would be a good fit in the dugout.
Time running out?
Van Gaal believes that the board, fans and players are still backing him despite the poor run in form.
The ex-Barcelona manager said post match: “Now I have not spoken [to the board]. Only at the end and Ed was very fast out of the dressing room. But I feel that support, yes. And the most important support is from the players.’
‘It is always like that because the players have to do it on the pitch and the chemistry between the players and the managers and his staff is very important. But of course the belief of the fans in the manager is also very important.’
Author: Andrew Macfarlane