Former Manchester United defender and now a Sky Sports pundit, Gary Neville has questioned the principles of the football club following the reports which claimed Jose Mourinho will be sacked after the Newcastle game regardless of the result.
Reports from the Daily Mirror have emerged that the Manchester United hierarchy has lost interest in Mourinho, and have hammered the final nail in the coffin. Regardless of the what the result will be at Old Trafford against Newcastle United on Saturday, he will be shown the exit doors by the end.
Their decision has been underlined on the back of his treatment of the star players followed by his vague press conference both pre and post matches. Mourinho has shown no positivity this season whatsoever and as things stand right now, the club sits 10th on the Premier League log. The club has registered just three wins in their past seven games in all competition and were booed by the fans when they took on Valencia in the Champions League tie.
Reacting to the news, former Manchester United captain Gary Neville expressed his discontent as to how the club has been operated post Alex Ferguson. In a five-minute rant on Sky Sports, he said;
“To be honest with you, I’m furious.
“I was furious three or four years ago when David Moyes was sacked and it broke a day before to journalists.
“I think of Louis van Gaal being sacked on an evening of an FA Cup final and finding out from other people.
“I think about how the club is being operated. If this is true – and we don’t know if it is – and Jose Mourinho is going to walk out at Old Trafford on Saturday almost as a dead man walking, those fans will absolutely turn towards that boardroom. It’s unacceptable.
“I have to say Jose Mourinho will get that the biggest support he’s ever had in his life in that ground – and I will be there to give it to him.
“If this is true and it has broken the day before it’s going to happen and he’s going to be sacked at the weekend, it’s an absolute disgrace. Where are the values and the principles of Manchester United if this is true?
“At the end of the day, this has been going on for five or six years. Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world and I think at this moment in time any manager in the world would struggle at that football club with the way that the recruitment is handled, the way in which it is operated.
“Enough is enough for me. I absolutely love that football club, I absolutely love it to death. It’s been my life, it’s given me everything and I’m not turning on my football club.
“But I have to say something has to change and it isn’t the manager. It’s above that. I’m furious that a report has broken out. Journalists don’t break stories of this nature unless they are absolutely certain.
“I hope it’s not true but if it is true I think it’s an absolute disgrace. It comes to a point where they’ve had the chance to appoint three managers. This could be the fourth manager in six years.
“You have to start looking at the people who are appointing the manager, not the manager. It’s the people who are bringing in the players and sanctioning the deals, the people who are overspending on players, the people who are allowing the tail to wag the dog.
“The dressing room is leading what is happening and the tail is wagging the dog at the football club. Get some control back, get some leadership. At this moment in time, I am furious. It’s been coming for three to four weeks.”
During the summer transfer window, Mourinho screamed he needs a defender for the new central season (2018/19), but eventually had no support from the board. Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld and Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng were his reported target, but the board settled with the signing of Diogo Dalot and Fred. Expressing his opinion over the same, Neville said the board should have signed a defender.
“They undermined Jose on the eve of the season in explaining to journalists why he couldn’t sign those centre-backs. Who is qualified in that football club to be able to tell Jose Mourinho that Toby Alderweireld or Harry Maguire or Jerome Boateng are not better than the centre-backs they’ve got?
“There’s only two people I can think of and we know they weren’t consulted – Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I am reacting and maybe I am a little bit emotional, but I don’t really care any more in respect of what I say. You could say it’s unprofessional, but I have to speak as a fan and say what I feel.”
The result was simple. United have now matched their worst start of the season; the exact numbers to that of David Moyes’. United at least were a little positive under Moyes, but the same has not been the case under Mourinho. Even the defenders look shambolic at times. Adding to his fulminate, Neville concluded;
“There is something rotten to the core of the decisions that have been made over the last four or five years,” said Neville, who added he did not know if the report about Mourinho was true.
“If I’m the person who employs the person underneath me and he fails, eventually I’ve got to take the responsibility. Eventually I’ve got to stand up and say: ‘Look, I’m not good enough to do this.’
“The people in the boardroom who are overseeing the football operation are nowhere near good enough. They are not qualified. They are playing Football Manager with the biggest club in the world.
“I hope Jose is still there next week. I like him and when I saw his press conference today I was sad and I’ll be sad if he goes. Looking at his face, he looked tired, beaten and fed up. He looked like he’d had enough.
“The players look beaten and like they’ve had enough. I know some of those players and some of them are really good lads. They are not bad lads, they are not sat there thinking they don’t want to play well for Manchester United.
“They undermined him in the summer and you can’t undermine your manager, it’s as simple as that.”