With the appointment of a temporary interim manager, Manchester United is adopting a page from Chelsea.
Man United are looking to hire an interim manager to see out the rest of the season, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea by appointing someone who can turn around the club’s fortunes and perhaps even win a trophy or two.Manchester United are looking to follow in the footsteps of rivals Chelsea by appointing an interim head coach until the end of the season.
The club is now looking for a replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was fired over the weekend after United’s humbling 4-1 loss to Watford.
Mauricio Pochettino is their major target, but he is unlikely to leave PSG until the summer, while secondary candidates Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers are in the same boat.
As a result, Man United are looking for an interim manager to guide them through the rest of the season, with names like Ernesto Valverde, Ralf Rangnick, and Lucien Favre being mentioned.
The club’s administration is confident that, like Chelsea, they can choose an interim manager capable of turning the team’s fortunes around before handing over the reins in the summer.
The Blues have a reputation of abruptly changing managers, but some of their interim hires have been among their most creative.
Guus Hiddink was appointed in 2009 after Luis Felipe Scolari was fired, and he immediately brought order to the dressing room before leading the team to the FA Cup final, where they defeated Everton 2-1.
After Andre Villas-Boas was fired three years later, Roberto Di Matteo was appointed temporary manager and won the FA Cup before leading the team to an epic Champions League victory by defeating Bayern Munich on penalties.
As a result, Di Matteo was hired on a permanent basis, but was fired three months later and replaced by yet another interim manager, Rafa Benitez.
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The former Liverpool manager was not popular with Chelsea fans, but he, like Hiddink and Di Matteo before him, ended the season with silverware by winning the Europa League.
Overall, Roman Abramovich has a near-perfect track record when it comes to interim appointments, something the Glazers will be hoping to emulate.