Manchester United sacked Jose Mourinho on Tuesday in a firm decision following a disappointing run of games at the club.
The big takeaway from Mourinho’s departure was that the higher-ups at Old Trafford weren’t satisfied with the sheer amount of money that had been spent under the Portuguese’s reign, and that they were unsatisfied with the lack of development of youth players during his two and a half years in control.
As of now, a temporary caretaker manager in the form of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed by the Old Trafford outfit, who will serve until the end of this season, when a more comprehensive hiring is expected to be made.
Amongst the list of gaffers vying for the top spot, it is believed that Mauricio Pochettino could have a decent shot.
According to the Times, the Spurs boss wishes to fulfill the role at United, believing it to be ‘too good to turn down’. This is definitely different from the non-committal responses that the Argentine provided during a recent press conference, an understandable act of silence.
However, the report claims that it could be Spurs chairman Daniel Levy that plays the devil in this deal. If United were able to convince Levy to part ways with Pochettino and his coaching staff, who just months ago signed an extension keeping them with the club until 2023, a price must be paid.
The gaffer’s compensation package will cost United upwards of £34 million. Factoring in Mourinho’s severance package costs as well, the entire fiasco could burn a £50 million-plus hole in the club’s coffers- an expensive sacking indeed.
However, if Manchester United do identify an apt manager to carry the club forward, it seems unlikely that they’ll cheap out there, not after Mourinho’s £400 million plus transfer costs resulted in very little.