The increasing likelihood that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will be sacked less than a week after guiding his club to FA Cup triumph just further begs the question, “Who would want to be an EPL manager?”
Van Gaal is likely to be replaced by former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, who will look to guide the Manchester giants back to the glory their fans and board expect.
Times have been tough, relative to the success enjoyed under Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, under van Gaal, and despite the FA cup run it always looked like a matter of when, not if, if the Dutchman would be removed from his post.
However, the question has to be asked, what more could van Gaal have done to save his job?
United won their first trophy in years by lifting the FA Cup on Sunday morning, and they only missed out on a spot in the Champion’s League on goal difference.
A club of Manchester United’s stature is expected to challenge for honours each season, and with all due respect to the history of the FA Cup, the EPL and European titles are where sites are aimed.
The matter in which United played this season has come under heavy criticism from fans. United fans have become accustom to seeing the likes of Giggs, Beckham and co. deliver brilliant, entertaining, winning football.
Despite a stacked roster and some of the most exciting players in the game, van Gaal’s overly structured game-plan stunted the attacking flair.
Although Jose Mourinho is hardly known for letting his players enjoy free reign in an attacking sense, his results over the years do not lie.
Speaking of Mourinho, he was sacked from his job at Chelsea earlier this season despite leading the same side to the title just months earlier.
This was the second time the ‘special/happy one’ had been relieved of his duties after leading Chelsea to the title. He has three EPL titles to his name at the London club, but has incredibly been sacked twice.
Chelsea also sacked Roberto Di Matteo less than a year after he delivered the ultimate prize of the Champion’s League trophy to Stamford Bridge.
Despite a horror EPL season, Didier Drogba’s penalty saw Di Matteo elevated to legendary status, achieving what the likes of Mourinho, Claudio Ranieri and Carlo Ancelotti could not.
Meanwhile Arsene Wenger has not delivered EPL success since 2003/04. He hasn’t been able to lead his side to the Champion’s League title either, although he has a host of FA cup trophies on his resume.
Arsenal, who have fallen just short for over a decade, have shown huge belief in the stability that Wenger’s long term reign has provided. A change in manager could have seen them take that final step to clinch the trophy, or it could have seen them free fall and miss European qualification.
With no recipe for success, clubs will continue to make decisions on their manager that may, or may not, make sense to the average punter.
With seemingly no rhyme or reason to some sackings, honestly, who would be an EPL manager?