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Gary Neville Reacts To Manchester United Sacking Jose Mourinho

Gary Neville Reacts To Manchester United Sacking Jose Mourinho
By PJ Browne
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Gary Neville has said that Mauricio Pochettino is the "outstanding candidate" to be the next Manchester United manager.

Neville was speaking on Sky Sports News on Tuesday morning shortly after Man Utd announced that Jose Mourinho had been sacked.

"The moment earlier on in the season where it was clear the board had decided they didn't want to back a couple of Jose Mourinho signings, to best honest, at that point you're finished as a manager," said Neville.

In the summer, Jose wanted to sign one or two centre-backs, those centre-backs were identified. The club have the right to say no to those signings if they don't feel they're right but they have to understand the consequences of undermining a manager, especially a manager with the standing of Jose Mourinho - you're on a collision course.

What we've seen in the last three or four months is it play out in public.

Manchester United have been crawling along on their hands and knees, minute after minute, hour after hour, match to match for the last few weeks and months - it's been unpleasant.

The sacking of Jose Mourinho is a result of what happened last summer. When Jose came back for the first day of the pre-season tour and started making complaints in the media, you knew that this was going to rumble on.

Going against your manager on one or two signings, it never ends well.

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Regarding who should be the next Manchester United manager, Neville said:

"I said last season that the next manager of Manchester United should be Mauricio Pochettino. When I think about the values of Manchester United, you look at his belief in young players at Southampton and with Tottenham.

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"You look at his performance levels and style of play. You look at the way he carries himself at all times - publicly and in private. For me, he just feels like the most ideal candidate.

"My view is that they need someone who meets the three key principles at that football club and that is the promotion of youth, entertaining football and winning football matches.

"People will say that he hasn't won a trophy at Tottenham but with a net spend of minus £29 million or something over the last four years, I'm not sure what he could have done more."

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