Mourinho to be sacked this weekend, English media reports
The English media has reported that Jose Mourinho has lost the confidence of the Manchester United board and will be sacked this weekend, regardless if the team’s performance.
According to the Mirror Online, senior United sources have said the relationship between club and manager has reached a point of no return with the axe ready to fall on the Portuguese coach.
Mourinho is said to have alienated players, fans and staff at Old Trafford with his divisive approach in recent months, and those in charge of the club, led by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, have had enough.
The manager appeared resigned to his fate at an early morning press conference on Friday when he was downcast and sullen, the paper reported.
United currently languish 10th in the Premier League, already nine points adrift of leaders Manchester City and are without a win in their last four games in all competitions.
Worse, the Red Devils were booed off after their drab 0-0 home draw to Valencia in midweek, which is said to have finally convinced the club’s hierarchy that a change is needed.
Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been widely touted as the favourite to succeed Mourinho, who is set to receive compensation of around £20 million (Sh2.6 billion).
According to the paper, Michael Carrick could be put in temporary charge when Mourinho’s imminent dismissal happens.
Manchester United will host Newcastle United tonight (kick off 7:30pm Kenyan time).