Gary Neville launches stinging attack on Manchester United board over report Jose Mourinho will be sacked Express News
Former Red Devils star says the club will be making a huge mistake if they decide to ditch “one of the best managers in the world”
Gary Neville has reacted furiously to reports Jose Mourinho will be sacked as Manchester United manager this weekend.
The United legend accused the club’s board of “playing Football Manager with the biggest club in the world” in response to the Daily Mirror’s revelation that Mourinho is to lose his job whatever the result of Saturday’s game against Newcastle.
Should he go, the Portuguese would be the third manager to be axed by United since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
Asked on Sky Sports if it would be the right decision to axe Mourinho, Neville responded: “No. To be honest I’m furious.
“I’m furious going back three, four years ago when David Moyes was sacked, when it broke a day before to journalists.
“I think of Louis van Gaal being sacked the evening of a cup final and finding out from other people. I think about how the club’s been operated.
“If this is true, we don’t know if it’s true but if this is true and Jose Mourinho is going to walk out at Old Trafford tomorrow, as almost like a dead man walking, those fans will absolutely turn towards that boardroom. It’s unacceptable.
“And I have to say that Jose Mourinho will get the biggest support he’s ever had in his life tomorrow I think in that ground. And I’ll be there to give it to him.
“Because if this is true and it’s broken the day before it’s going to happen and he’s going to be sacked after the game or at the weekend, it’s an absolute disgrace.
“Where’s the values and the principles of Manchester United if this is true? That the journalists find out and it isn’t announced at the right time?”
United have failed to win any of their last four matches and last weekend’s 3-1 loss at West Ham made this the club’s worst start to a league campaign in 29 years.
Poor performances have been compounded by off-field problems, with the relationship between Mourinho and star Paul Pogba making unwanted headlines.
But Neville is adamant that United should be sticking with the ‘Special One’.
Neville continued: “At the end of the day this is now going on five or six years and I have to say that any manager – Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world – and I think in this moment in time any manager would struggle in that football club, the way in which requirement is handled, the way in which it operates.
“And enough is enough for me. I love that football club, I absolutely love it to death, it’s been my life, it’s given me everything, and I’m not turning on my football club, (but) I have to say something has to change and it isn’t the manager, it’s above that.
“And I’m furious that we’re stood here thinking that there’s a report that’s broken out… journalists don’t break stories of this nature unless they’re absolutely certain.
“I hope it’s not true, but if it is true I think it’s an absolute disgrace.
“At this moment in time there is something rotten to the core in the decisions that have been made in the last four or five years and it has to be coming from the top. If I employ a person beneath me and he fails, eventually I’ve got to take responsibility. I’ve got to stand up and say ‘I’m not good enough to do this’.
“The people in the boardroom who are overseeing the football operation are nowhere near good enough. They are not qualified. They are playing Football Manager with the biggest club in the world. Stop it. Put people in there who are qualified.
“This is a big story that is breaking and tomorrow I might look stupid. But these thoughts still ring true.”
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