Report: Pochettino Favourite To Replace Mourinho As Man United Coach Amid Ed Woodward War
In the wake of the apparent crack between the two most powerful figures at Manchester United, a report has emerged that bookies have made Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino the favourite to take over at Old Trafford.
Daily Mail reports that Jose Mourinho’s relationship with United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, is at an all-time low with the pair at loggerheads over Manchester United’s transfer policy.
The Portuguese gaffer has made no secret of his frustrations in the transfer market, saying he had given a shortlist of five names to the club hierarchy ‘months’ ago – but only expects one more addition.
So transparent that José Mourinho is unhappy with the way Ed Woodward has conducted this transfer window. Obviously hasn’t signed the players he wants.
But that doesn’t mean it’s OK for Mourinho to rubbish the players he has for pre-season. Really not a good look.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) July 29, 2018
But the online newspaper is reporting that Woodward is reluctant to release more funds to the manager, who has spent more than £70million so far on Brazil midfielder Fred, Portuguese right back Diogo Dalot and reserve goalkeeper Lee Grant.
There is no doubt Manchester United have the financial power to bid for targets and the inertia that Mourinho perceives has nothing to do with any kind of cash-flow issues. Woodward, though, has taken a stand not to release more money and that has startled his manager.
It is understood that Mourinho seems unhappy in recent weeks, even his remarkable press conference following the 4-1 defeat by Liverpool on Saturday, in which he vented without reservation, shone a light on his feelings.
As a result of this, Express Sports is reporting that since the Portuguese gaffer is at odds with United’s board over ‘a roller-coaster’ summer transfer window, Coral have made Tottenham’s Pochettino the leading choice to take over at Old Trafford.
The Argentine, who has worked wonders ever since taking over from Tim Sherwood in 2013, is the favourite at 2/1.
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Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly at an “all-time low”.
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Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone is then available at 11/4, with Max Allegri, Laurent Blanc and Joachim Low at 4/1, 6/1 and 8/1 respectively.
Didier Deschamps and Ryan Giggs, national team managers of France and Wales respectively, have been priced at 12/1 and 16/1.
And Carlo Ancelotti and Brendan Rodgers are big outsiders at 20/1 and 33/1,
“It seems the pressure is ramping up on Jose Mourinho before the season has even kicked off and we think if he does leave Old Trafford then Pochettino and Simeone and will be the two names firmly top of the list of candidates to replace him,” said Coral‘s Harry Aitkenhead.