Jose Mourinho believes that he has a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ to be the next Manchester United manager, according to reports.
The Manchester Evening News say that no formal pre-contract agreement has been signed, but that Mourinho is confident that there is an informal understanding between him and Ed Woodward which will see him replace Louis van Gaal.
The MEN go further, making the following claims:
– Woodward remains resistant to sacking Van Gaal before the summer.
– Alex Ferguson would prefer Ryan Giggs to Van Gaal.
– Woodward contacted Jorge Mendes on Friday to confirm Mourinho still wanted Van Gaal’s job.
Most damning thing is Fergie-Charlton-Gill will mobilise vs double EuroCup-winning Mourinho but welcomed the Glazer vultures with open arms.
— Red Issue (@RedIssue) February 21, 2016
The MEN aren’t the only ones putting the pressure on United to get things done, however. In the Guardian, Jamie Jackson says that Mourinho is eager to get things moving too. We’re really not surprised at that news.
Jackson claims that if United don’t appoint Mourinho early in the close season, the Portuguese will begin to look at other options.
‘José Mourinho is prepared to wait until the close season to become the Manchester United manager but if the position is not offered then, he will explore other options because he has no wish to be left in limbo all summer,’ Jackson writes.
A week ago, the Guardian’s Manchester football correspondent was sticking with the ‘no contact between club and Mourinho’ line, but that has now developed slightly: ‘Although there has been no firm contact between United and Mourinho regarding the job, the former Chelsea manager remains open to succeeding Van Gaal.’
It certainly feels like a case of when, not if, Mourinho is announced as Van Gaal’s replacement.