After months of speculation that began a few weeks into the current 2018-19 season, Manchester United has finally sacked manager Jose Mourinho.
In a short statement that didn’t state the reasons for the decision, the Manchester club stated that Mourinho’s dismissal was with immediate effect and that a caretaker manager would be put in temporary charge till a permanent appointment is made, following a rigorous process.
United’s statement read:
“Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.
“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.
“A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”
While the news of his sacking at this stage of the season might come as a bit of a shock, especially giving that most elite managers will not leave their posts mid-season to take over at United, it is not totally surprising in view of Manchester United’s well documented problems on and off the pitch this season, which culminated in the embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at weekend.
United is currently sixth on the EPL standings, eight points behind fifth-placed Arsenal and 11 points off the fourth Champions League spot.
Micheal Carrick will oversee first-team duties over the next few days, while former star striker Olegunnar Solksjaer is the early favourite to be installed as caretaker boss.