One of the most problematic jobs in European football has come to an end. After leading a Manchester United side, that was thumped by Liverpool at Anfield, 3-1, Jose Mourinho got fired. The Red Devils took too long to do that. The work of the Portuguese coach was not convincing. His victories did not delight anyone, and everyone knew the prospect of evolution was minimal.
From falling out with Paul Pogba and bitterly criticizing most of his squad for producing timid performances and average-to-poor results, Mourinho’s tenure at United has been always shaky.
After his sacking, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season. But here are five football coaches who are contenders to replace Mourinho permanently Jose at the Old Trafford.
The 44-year-old Venezuelan has no club. After doing a great job for Monaco, the coach was a victim of the club’s dismemberment and was fired in October due to poor results. Jardim was responsible for the assembly of the French champions, which counted on the presence of Benjamin Mendy, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva, and Kylian Mbappe. Another important feature of Jardim is its ability to develop young talents. The commander is responsible for “revealing” Anthony Martial, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe and other big names. In Manchester United, a team that has countless talents needing to make a bigger leap in their respective careers, Leonardo Jardim can be a key player in this.
The 45-year-old Spaniard is one of the world’s great football strategists. Currently, with the Belgian national team, the captain was a key player in the elimination of Brazil in the last World Cup. Roberto Martinez is also an offensive coach. However, the commander knows how to “play the game”. He has as one of its main characteristics the facility in neutralizing the adversary. In addition to being an offensive coach and strategist, Martinez also knows the Premier League. The Spaniard spent 3 years at Everton and did a reasonable job, considering that the Toffies did not have a great cast.
“I’m waiting for a good project, with a club with ambition”. In a recent interview, Laurent Blanc said that he is missing the adrenaline of the bench for several months. With the departure of Mourinho, the “President” could find the pleasure of training in a club that has ambition. As a player from 2001 to 2003, he ended his career and left a good impression. If Laurent Blanc has proven himself in France, he still won the title of champion of France with Bordeaux and achieved three exceptional seasons at PSG.
The 49-year-old Italian is one of the most troublesome figures in the world, and that aggravated after his departure from Chelsea, where the coach won the Premier League and the FA Cup in two seasons but was marked by the disagreement with the players. The technical and tactical quality of Antonio Conte is indisputable. He was the winner anywhere he went. The big problem is in the relationship with the footballer.
Undoubtedly, he is the greatest desire of Manchester United fans. The coach who has won everything for Real Madrid is the dream of fans since his departure from the Spanish team. Zidane has the profile that Manchester United dreams of – a winning coach, offensive and with massive support of the fans. In theory, hiring Zidane would not be difficult, since it is Manchester United making the invitation. However, disorganization of the board and lack of autonomy in hiring may end up weighing on a future refusal on the part of the coach.