OK I understand. He’s a club legend. But so did Eric Cantona, and the last time I saw him he was sitting in a bar trying to get me to drink a lager. Not one of the toughest jobs he’ll ever have, I might add.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a much more difficult job. To take over the reins of the Biggest Club In Football (official) with a very ordinary coaching record, and a lifetime membership card for the Old Trafford fan club.
The latter has clearly kept him at work for much, much too long.
To be fair, he seemed to bring some wit back to the place when he arrived. And I’ll even accept the idea that maybe, as the club announced on his sacking, he helped rebuild the foundation.
But the fact remains that he was given all the right tools for the job. A team filled with an abundance of talent at the tips of tungsten. Ole (and you could tell his coaching staff, too?) Just didn’t seem to know his claw hammer because of his drill bit.
In this case, however, I think this bad worker can, at least in part, blame his tools. There are just too many good players at United to be this ordinary. But the fact remains that it is the people who occupy the fancy seats who are really at fault.
Not only did the owners and their management team keep Ole hitting the square pegs he had in the round holes.
In doing so, they also allowed a constant flow of top managers to pass through the Theater Of Dreams. Men who would give their right midfielder genius for the job.
I’m looking at you, Messrs Pochettino (first round), Conte, Tuchel, Nagelsmnann and more.
Yet it is getting worse and worse. Not having prepared for the inevitable, they are now forced to set up an interim manager. And Ed Woodward is now likely to delay his departure to oversee the transition.
Pass me one of those, Eric. I think I need a cold!
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