With the rest of the world convinced that Jose Mourinho is joining Manchester United in the summer, the Mirror's David McDonnell has always, rather bravely, maintained that it has never been the case.
Again, the reputable journalist has claimed that the former Chelsea manager is nowhere near the Old Trafford dugout and that Louis van Gaal is set to stay in charge of the Red Devils for at least another season.
In his latest report, McDonnell claims to have spoken to the Dutchman's 'inner circle' at Manchester United and found that they are convinced he will be given one more season at the club. After that, little is known. His contract expires in 2017 and Ryan Giggs may be handed the chance to take over.
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It is bad news for avid followers of Mourinho, who has been heavily backed to take over from Van Gaal in the near future. It was widely reported that he had a gentleman's agreement with Ed Woodward to keep himself free until the end of the season.
While that was certainly no guarantee of a job offer, it was believed that Van Gaal would face the sack if he failed to qualify for next season's Champions League. They still have every chance of doing so, but it now looks as though Van Gaal will keep his job even if he does not meet that minimum expectation.
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Lack of candidates
Van Gaal apparently keeps some of his closest coaches in the loop whenever he talks to Woodward and the latest message is that he will be allowed to carry on past the current season, except in the case of an absolute disaster.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has been aided by apparent division from the Old Trafford hierarchy with regards to Mourinho. Apparently, Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill have let it be known that they are not comfortable with the Special One taking charge. Despite having no tangible power over decisions at the club, their feelings have resonated deeply.
Past Mourinho, there are few candidates worthy of taking such a huge job. They have already missed out on Pep Guardiola while Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to join Bayern Munich.
Line of succession
United have always maintained their plan to eventually hire Giggs, who has been Van Gaal's assistant manager since the start of last season. The Welshman is a record-breaking legend at Old Trafford and many fans would love to see him given the chance.
However, his lack of experience is leaving an uneasy feeling amongst some. Pep Guardiola, of course, took his first job at Barcelona and never looked back but it seems unlikely that Giggs can emulate such an amazing feat. So long as he is learning from Van Gaal, he will be strengthening his case.
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