As has been widely reported over the past few days, the club’s staff took less than five minutes to clear out Jose Mourinho’s office once the Portuguese manager was sensationally given his marching orders by the club last week
As per a report, Mourinho’s exit just 48 hours after Manchester United’s crushing 3-1 loss to arch-rivals Liverpool was as cold-hearted as it gets. This after he failed to reestablish the club as a major European force over a turbulent two and a half year spell which was earmarked marked by clashes with players and increasing dissatisfaction at the team’s style of play.
The ‘Special One’, so often outspoken and over-aggressive, was informed about his axing in a face-to-face meeting at the Carrington training complex even as he had arrived under the impression they were going to discuss the club’s January transfer plans with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, the Sun reported. And staff was asked to clear out his quarters only minutes later.
“The club were ruthless in the end. Just minutes after being sacked they were in there,” a source told the Sun. “It took just 15 minutes to consign Jose to history. They dumped all his stuff into a white transit van. He spoke briefly to some of the support staff but spent most of his time in office on the day.”
The Sunday Times added another stunning revelation, claiming that a senior United player was crucial to Mourinho’s shock departure The player — a regular under Mourinho but who has not been made a call to Woodward post the Liverpool disaster with a demand for sacking the manager, the paper alleged. This was followed by late-night calls to the Glaziers, the United owners who were at that point back in America, which ultimately sealed Mourinho’s fate.
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There were also claims, especially from the Times, that may United players were jubilant after Mourinho’s sacking. United hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given the interim managers’ role for the remainder of the season, with Tottenham Hotspur gaffer Mauricio Pochettino the No 1 pick the big to become the former Chelsea boss’ successor.
It is little surprise that United moved swiftly to ensure Mourinho was gone from Old Trafford as soon as possible, for he had created a poisonous and utterly shambolic atmosphere in the dressing room. Even less shocking is the revelation of a player being involved, for the Portuguese had burned too many bridges with too many players for this not to have happened.