Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjær punished for loyalty? The club tried to change its staff

Manchester United were reluctant to fire Ole Gunnar Solskjær himself, but wanted to make changes to his staff. The Norwegian did not agree to this and eventually left work himself, reports ESPN.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær led the club to England runners-up in the previous campaign but failed to follow the blow in the current competition. The team did not do the best despite the great shooting form of Cristiano Ronaldo, and some players complained about the training methods of the manager and his staff. The management paid attention to this.

According to ESPN, activists of the “Red Devils” heard disturbing conversations from the locker room and tried to prevent problems. The players considered Solskjær’s staff methods to be too “British” and not very modern. The club decided that it was not the fault of the Norwegian himself, so he tried to enforce some reshuffles in the coaching team, which would have a positive impact on the atmosphere, but also on the sports approach.

Despite the attempts, it was not possible to convince the trainer to leave his companions. The manager clung to his colleagues, believing they would help him get the team back on track. In the end, Solskjær suffered the consequences and after a series of poor results, he lost his job himself.

He will be replaced temporarily by … a member of his staff, Michael Carrick. He is soon to be replaced by another interim manager who would allow for a quiet reorganization of the ranks ahead of the next season.

The Norwegian headquarters, in addition to Carrick, also included Kieran McKenna and Mike Phelan, who even had experience working with Sir Alex Ferguson. The manager hoped that the good old methods of the 90s and 00s would inspire footballers to achieve their past successes, experts including Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher had long pointed out that the staff was simply poorly constructed. While Phelan’s experience was an interesting addition, it was noted that it was difficult for Solskjær to be backed by Carrick and McKenna, who had not previously worked as coaches at the highest level.

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