Jose Mourinho will not appoint direct replacement for departing assistant Rui Faria

by Alex Turk

Jose Mourinho has suggested that he will not be on the lookout for a new assistant manager at Manchester United following Rui Faria’s exit this summer.

Faria, who has worked alongside Mourinho for nearly two decades, released a shocking statement on Saturday – part of it read: “After a lot of consideration, and with a very heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to move on.

“I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences. However, I have felt for some time that I would like to spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life.”

It is believed that Faria is looking to kick-start his managerial career in the 2018-19 season, but that leaves United without an assistant manager and Mourinho without his second-hand man.

Plenty of names have cropped up already regarding the vacant spot with Rene Meulensteen, Michael Carrick and U-18s head coach Kieran McKenna amongst the more popular candidates, but Mourinho has tarnished all rumours on a new-look bench next term.

Speaking after United beat Watford 1-0 in the final Premier League match of the season, he said: “I will organise my staff in a system where an assistant manager doesn’t exist. I will have specific coaches, analysts and no assistant manager. I think it will be Michael Carrick in the future when he has his badges.”

One thing is for certain, it’s going to be very interesting to see what the United bench looks like going into the 2018-19 campaign and whether Mourinho will have a change of heart and decide to structure his first-team plans with an assistant manager to help.

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