December 18, 2018 / 11:10 AM / a month ago

Soccer-Reaction to sacking of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Following is reaction to the sacking of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who was dismissed by the Premier League club on Tuesday.

FORMER UNITED CAPTAIN GARY NEVILLE

“I’ve been fortunate to spend time at Tottenham’s training ground, and for me he (Mauricio Pochettino) feels like the ideal candidate. United have tried managers who have won European cups, they’ve tried managers who have won multiple leagues.

“My view is they need someone who meets the three key principles of the football club, and that is promotion of youth, entertaining football, and to win football matches.”

FORMER ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL GARY LINEKER

“With United 19 points behind Liverpool after 17 games, with the vast majority of players playing way below their best... and dour football to boot.

“Given Mourinho was allowed to spend hundreds of millions on those players, the split seemed inevitable.”

FORMER LIVERPOOL BOSS GRAEME SOUNESS

“I think he (Mourinho) would have known this was coming. I’m not surprised... with the money he has spent and how the players are playing at this present moment in time... I said on Sunday, I couldn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel for them.

“I was at Bournemouth two weeks ago. I’m a season ticket holder there. My season ticket is 10 rows behind the dugout and I saw a man who didn’t want to be there.”

FORMER UNITED FORWARD BRIAN MCCLAIR

“He not the only one who should depart.”

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Jon Boyle

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