With the recent departure of Jose Mourinho and the incredible start to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s temporary stint as manager of the club, who will be the next permanent Manchester United manager?
Rumours are rife as to who will eventually get the contract. In the short term, it made sense to appoint Solskjaer. A massive fan favourite with an impeccable history at the club, his presence has already had a major impact at the club. In fact, Solskjaer has racked up the second best start of any coach at Utd since Sir Matt Busby in 1946.
With four back-to-back triumphs since he arrived, Solskjaer is just one more win away from equalling Busby’s record. If Manchester United beat Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday he will undoubtedly be hailed as a hero, on the brink of breaking a record that has stood at the club for more than 70 years. Will that be enough to secure his permanent position at the club?
Prior to his arrival, plenty of higher profile managerial names had been bandied about. Mauricio Pochettino was top of the potential replacements. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that Spurs may be willing to let him go. His policy of trying to buy more experienced, and more expensive players, has caused some upset at the club. Generally, Spurs prefer to buy younger, cheaper players and plan to sell eight in the next two transfer windows.
Insiders at Spurs are aware that this is a massive risk but the priority now appears to be reverting back to a more low-cost transfer and wage policy. If Pochettino goes, a new man who can work within that structure will be sought. Paddy Power Bookmakers have installed Pochettino as the next Utd manager at odds of 6/4.
Next up for consideration is Zinedine Zidane. Without doubt, he was an incredible footballer in his time but it is debatable as to whether those skills have actually translated to his manager career. Yes, he did well with Real Madrid but it’s fair to say that having Ronaldo in the squad helped!
Rumours are that Zidane has yet to make up his mind about his next club. Bayern Munich are also knocking at his door so he does have options. Paddy Power Bookmakers have him at odds of 6/1 to become the next United Manager.
Others still in the running include Massimiliano Allegri from Juventus, Diego Simeone from Atletico Madrid and Antonio Conte who left Chelsea in 2018.
All that said, Solskjaer has the backing of the club’s fans. He also stated that he hasn’t sat down for talks about his future employment saying: “It’s early doors. Of course, when I came in they were open and honest about they’re going to have a process looking for the next manager. But the more you’re here, the more you enjoy it.
“I’ve said one game at a time and the day they announce the next manager, if it’s me or someone else, good luck.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now the favourite with Paddy Power to be the next permanent Manchester United manager at odds of 6/5.