The Three-Year Itch Scratches Mourinho Once Again
So, why now?
Or was it that corporate flunky Ed Woodward just realized there wouldn't be as many beans to count if the Red Devils kept on like they were?
It was time for José Mourniho to go, anyway, and not just because ...
- He'd led United to its worst 17-game to start a campaign since the 1990-1991 season,
- His side just got tossed around like rag dolls at Anfield,
- His side's spending £290,000 a week right now to watch Paul Pogba on reserve duty because he and Mourinho just can't get along, and maybe even when
- His side became overmatched in the Round of 16 the moment they were paired with Paris St-Germain.
It's probably also why he prefers not to unpack.
Only once in Mourhino's managerial career has he been insufficiently annoying enough to wear out his welcome in three seasons or less. The exception was his first stint at Chelsea, and it was only by a few months more.
By his second turn with the Blues, Mourinho was back in form, ie- outta there on schedule.
Those cup competitions were the last of the 25 trophies Mourinho had accumulated.
Finishing second in the Premiership the following campaign was arguably a more impressive accomplishment, but that's when his well ran dry.
Being real, three seasons is about how long it takes for an ego-centric manager to grate on players. It's telling that when Woodward rung Mourinho up, only one player offered a comment, and that was Pogba posting a smirking selfie on Instagram with the caption, Position this.
Mourinho's legions of critics believe the game's passed him by. It's clear United's players wanted a more flowing style with an abundance of free reign. That's tough to do under a micro-manager.
Odds are they'll get their way with Ole Gunnar Solskjær taking the helm for the balance of the season.
As to the Special One, it could well be dude's gonna have a long wait before anyone takes a chance on him again. Maybe even more than three years.