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Dead man walking? ‘Senior sources’ hint United have made Ole sack ruling

Dead man walking? ‘Senior sources’ hint United have made Ole sack ruling

Manchester United are said to have identified Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers as the leading candidate to succeed under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

A string of poor results, including one-sided thrashings at the hands of bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, has dashed any pre-season optimism and left the Norwegian on the verge of relegation.

According to The MEN , “United have privately decided that a change of manager will be required following the morale-crushing defeats.”

Despite overseeing a mediocre five wins from 11 games, Foxes coach Rodgers is reportedly viewed as “the most suitable successor to Solskjaer” by the Reds’ hierarchy.

Confoundingly, the report appears to imply that United intends to replace Solskjaer while also having no fixed plan for when the change will take place.

Despite having made succession plans, it is also claimed that “it is still unclear when the club intends to sack Solskjaer as they mull over an arrival time for a replacement.”

That doesn’t seem to make sense. Surely, Solskjaer either has the club’s support or has lost it and urgently needs to be replaced?

It’s even been suggested that, due to a lack of quality managerial options, Solskjaer could remain in charge until the end of the current season.

It’s unclear whether this would be brought up if results continued on their current worrying trajectory.

Apart from Rodgers, the Old Trafford hierarchy is said to be “impressed by Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag and Spain coach Luis Enrique.”

The question of whether that admiration will lead to a move remains frustratingly unanswered. As does the omission of French legend Zinedine Zidane, who has also been heavily linked with the United States coaching job.

In all honesty, the ‘news’ does not appear to have much substance. Despite the mention of senior club sources, there isn’t much here that hasn’t already been discussed elsewhere.

If Rodgers really is regarded internally as the best available option, we can only assume that manager scouting follows a similarly uninspired and conservative path as player scouting.


Dead man walking? ‘Senior sources’ hint United have made Ole sack ruling

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