Manchester United sacked coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The club announced the day after their heavy 4-1 defeat at Watford. Former player Michael Carrick is currently in charge of the coaching role, and Manchester United say they are looking for a “temporary coach” for the remainder of the season.
The club’s board of directors called an emergency meeting after the 4-1 defeat to Watford. CEO Joel Glazer eventually took the lead and decided to fire Solskjaer. The club will pay him a bonus of 7.75 million pounds. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers appears to be the biggest candidate to succeed Solskjaer, although Eric ten Hag (Ajax) and Zinedine Zidane were mentioned earlier.
“Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is unfortunate that we have come to this difficult decision,” United said. “While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they cannot hide the amount of work he has done over the past three years to lay the foundation for long-term success. Ole leaves with our sincere thanks for his tireless efforts as manager and our best wishes for the future. His place in the club’s history will always be assured, not only As a player, but also as a great man and coach he has given us many great moments. He will forever be welcome at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.”
Exiting after three years as head coach
The 48-year-old Norwegian was head coach of Manchester United for nearly three years, succeeding Jose Mourinho in December 2018. Solskjaer was initially the interim coach but managed to convince the board of directors with a permanent contract. Under Solskjaer’s leadership, Manchester United finished sixth, third and second in the Premier League respectively. The club did not win any awards under the guidance of the former striker. Solskjaer played football with United for a long time (1996-2007) and ended his career there. He then gained coaching experience with promises from the Premier League club, Molde FK in his home country and for a short time Cardiff City.
United have started the season well, but the first team has been in free fall recently. Therefore, the Manchester team fell to seventh place, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea. On Saturday, Solskjaer apologized to the fans for the defeat to Watford. “We’re ashamed of the way we’re losing here,” he said at the time. “Sometimes you just have to dare to say ‘sorry.'” The fans always support our players, no matter they are on the field. “We know we’re going through a bad career, but that’s football,” Solskjaer said earlier this year. The season, his fate seemed inevitable after the 0-5 loss to Liverpool, but then the board of directors still expressed confidence in the former Norwegian striker.