For Louis van Gaal to see the mainstream media dominated by news of Jose Mourinho's impending arrival after leading Manchester United to their first major trophy in three years is nothing short of humiliating.
As unpopular as Van Gaal was amongst the supporters towards the end of his reign, there had to be a better way for him to find out about his dismissal than through his wife who read about it on the BBC website.
For all of his idiosyncrasies and his dogmatic adherence to an outdated philosophy, Van Gaal deserved better.
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Yet such crass behaviour has happened. Former manager David Moyes found out that he had been sacked through the media, days before United eventually pulled the trigger.
Subjecting their managers to a public execution is one thing, to do so even before the defendant is even aware of the verdict is another. For a club that claims to pride itself on doing things the right way, such unprofessional behaviour reeks of incompetence and negligence.
Step forward Ed Woodward, the main reason that United have been rudderless since the departures of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill in 2013.
A former accountant and investment banker, a man of football Woodward is not. Indeed, it has become painfully obvious that United have neither the leadership nor a strategy to regain their position at the top of the pile, apart from throwing money at the problem and hoping it fixes itself.
On top of his hapless handling of the managerial changes, his annual summer pursuits of global superstars that have little interest in joining a sinking ship highlight how woefully out of his depth Woodward has been.
On top of sacking Van Gaal, Woodward should seriously consider sacking himself.
The explosive training device left behind that eventually caused the evacuation of Old Trafford pretty much sums up everything at the club right now. It might look and seem like Manchester United but it is nothing more than a dummy, unable to explode.
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