Jose Mourinho does not face any immediate threat to his position as Manchester United manager because sacking him would cost the club £14m, according to reliable journalist Andy Mitten.
Saturday’s abysmal 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace – the fourth time Man United have failed to score in nine home games – ensured that this was the club’s worst start to a season for 28 years.
Having mustered only three home wins all season, Mourinho’s men are closer to the relegation zone than league leaders Manchester City. Supporters have been calling for change since even before this tumultuous campaign begun.
But according to Mitten, the club does not want to sack Mourinho now because doing so would require a severance package costing them £14m – a decision which once again displays how money-oriented this club has become in the Woodward era.
However, just like with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, there is a clause in the 55-year-old’s contract which makes it considerably easier to sack him once it becomes mathematically impossible for United to qualify for next season’s Champions League – the only real requirement for keeping your job at Old Trafford, it seems.
Indeed, in the same way as his two predecessors, Mourinho will be sacked only when his team can no longer qualify for Europe’s biggest competition, meaning he will likely stay as manager until March or April.