Tick tock: Jose’s grim United future decided
JOSE MOURINHO is set to be sacked as Manchester United boss this weekend, according to astonishing claims.
The Portuguese manager will be axed as Red Devils boss regardless of the result against Newcastle on Saturday night, the Daily Mirror reports.
Earlir this week SunSport earlier reported the Old Trafford board had lost confidence in Mourinho and that he would l be sacked if the team lost to Rafa Benitez's men.
The latest report confirms that story - with the hierarchy at Old Trafford seemingly out of patience with the "Special One".
The lack of a viable alternative has been the one thing keeping Mourinho in his job.
But the 55-year-old appearsto be approaching the end of his time in charge of United in his season at the club.
Zinedine Zidane is seen as the potential successor to the role at Old Trafford, although his lack of English has been a concern.
But as The Sun exclusively reported last week, the former Real Madrid boss is desperate for the job and is already taking English lessons in preparation for the chance.
United legend Gary Neville has responded to the reports - and blamed executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for the shambles at Old Trafford.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said: "If this is true and Jose Mourinho is going to walk out at Old Trafford tomorrow as a dead man walking, those fans will be behind him more than ever.
"Jose Mourinho will get the massive support of his life in the ground and I will be there to give it to him.
"Where are the values and the principles that the journalists find out first? It is a disgrace.
"Any manager in this club would struggle now.
"I love that club to death but something has to change and it is not the manager. I'm furious.
"I hope it is not true but if it is true it is an absolute disgrace.
"The dressing room is leading what is happening. The tail is wagging the dog. It has been coming for three or four weeks.
"There is something rotten from the core with what has happened over the last three or four weeks and that is coming from the top.
"They are playing Football Manager with the biggest club in the world."
Mourinho has cut a forlorn figure ever since the club returned for pre-season training, moaning about the quality of signings at the club.
He made it clear he wanted proven talent but the United board decided not to move for his transfer targets and instead wanted to pursue a new model of signing younger players with long-term potential.
In the fallout, the manager has clashed with his players, having criticised them openly in public for not being good enough.
When Paul Pogba spoke out against Mourinho a fortnight ago, ex-United star Rio Ferdinand suggested it was because Pogba was speaking for a larger group of players in the squad who were unhappy with their boss.
The stand-off with Pogba has only increased the feeling within the United board that Mourinho has lost his way and is unable to bring the situation back around in his favour.
Even so, the club face having to fork out a huge severance package if they decided to cut him loose now.
And they would have to make sure they had a plan in place moving forward - with only Michael Carrick on the backroom staff seemingly in a position to take over on a temporary basis if no new boss was lined up to come in immediately.