Old Trafford chief Ed Woodward revealed that ‘the top people in football’ want the job as the Red Devils’ next permanent boss.
Manchester United have decided not let out the identity of their new manager before the end of the season, the executive vice-chairman told talkSPORT. The Old Trafford chief has also revealed some of the top names in football have registered their interest in the job. After sacking the under-performing Jose Mourinho and replacing him with club legend as interim manager for the remainder of the campaign, the club has begun looking for their next permanent boss.
Mauricio Pochettino and ex-Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane have both been hailed as favourites for the role, but the Tottenham gaffer seems to be in pole to be the successor, with odds tumbling with every passing game as to his future. But United are also aware of the perils of announcing any decision early, having seen Manchester City suffer when they appointed Pep Guardiola.
The defending Premier League champions announced that the former Bayern and Barcelona coach would replace Manuel Pellegrini in February 2016, with two months of the season yet to be played under the Chilean.
At that point, they were second in the league and still alive on four fronts, but their form fell off a cliff post the announcement and they ended up fourth in the end — with Leicester City completing their fairytale run — and only winning the League Cup.
Woodward told talkSPORT host Jim White that the Red Devils will keep their cards close to themselves until the season under Solskjaer is over, adding that many top managers were interested in the gig.
Jim White has ground-breaking news, everyone. Ed Woodward told HIM that a new manager will not be appointed until the end of the season. No mention that @ManUtd suggested this a week ago, immediately after sacking José Mourinho…
— Dale O'Donnell (@ODonnellDale) December 27, 2018
Spilling the beans on his recent conversation with the United chief, Jim said: “Ed Woodward told me, on the record, that last week was not a proud one for Manchester United. He said the club now needed to undergo the proper process of finding the right manager and that nothing will be announced before the end of the season.
He said he’d been inundated with applications and recommendations – the top people in the game want this job. But he said, at the end of the day, nothing will be announced before the end of the season. He also said (owners) the Glazers are huge United traditionalists and they want to emphasise that they want things to be run the Manchester United way.”
Finally, there seems to be some kind of plan when it comes to United choosing their next manager, and it makes perfect sense not to reveal who the eventual appointment will be in order to help Solkajaer take the club as far as possible in their dual objective of reaching the latter stages of the Champions League and ensuring they can play the same competition next season.