The board of Manchester United has decided to terminate the contract with Ole Gunnar Solskjær (48), reports the English media. The club will now negotiate with Solskjær for a final package.
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The choice is said to have been made after a several-hour extraordinary board meeting in the wake of the humiliating 1-4 loss to Watford on Saturday.
The club estimates that it will cost 7.5 million pounds to land a final package with Solskjær, reports The Times. This amounts to just under NOK 90 million.
According to the Manchester Evening News, it is expected that Darren Fletcher will take over as interim manager after Solskjær, with Michael Carrick as assistant.
It has become speculated as to who will take over Solskjær’s job on a permanent basis, where Zinedine Zidane is one of the most frequently mentioned names.
– I work for and with the club. I have been here for 18 years and have a good communication. If the club management is considering doing something, then it is a conversation between us and not between you and me, Solskjær told the press earlier Saturday, according to BBC.
The reactions flowed in after that Manchester United lost for the fifth time in the last seven Premier League matches. After 12 games, the distance up to league leader Chelsea is 12 points.
Former superstar Alan Shearer has left no stone unturned in the BBC’s Match of the Day studio on Saturday night:
– It is clear to see that the players do not want the manager. They have stopped running for the manager, they have lost respect for the manager. You could say they did not know what to do with the ball, and it has to do with the manager and the tactics, but the players can still run, put in the effort and fight, but they did nothing of it, and that tells you that they did not want that manager, says Alan Shearer.
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When the referee blew off after the 1-4 loss against Watford, Solskjær went out on the grass with several of the players. When the fans expressed rage against Solskjær, midfield star Bruno Fernandes clearly gestured that the players must take much of the responsibility for the crisis the club is in.
– I feel for the fans, and I feel the same as them. We are embarrassed to lose that way. We are in bad shape and in a difficult situation, but it is part of football, said Solskjær who had waved apologetically to the fans.
– It was a “sorry” for the performance, Solskjær said about the session out on the grass.
They have signed a new three-year contract this summer, and reportedly has over two million kroner in weekly salary. If the Manchester United management chooses to get rid of the 48-year-old, he will probably receive solid financial compensation.