Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Van Gaal out at United, Mourinho getting ready to move in

Yesterday's Score
Bundesliga Pro/Rel Playoff- Second Leg
Nurnberg 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt (1-2 on aggregate)
(Seferovic 56')

Frankfurt manages to stay in the top flight with this win over Nurnberg. That means only two sides from the 2. Bundesliga will join the first division for next season, Freiburg and Red Bull Leipzig.

Headlines
There was one story that truly mattered yesterday and that was the sacking of Louis Van Gaal as Manchester United's manager. While the outward reason for his firing was their failure to advance in the group stage of the Champions League and their inability to crack the top four this season, there were also many hints of dissent amongst the players and a general unhappiness with his managerial style. In the end, not oven the FA Cup could save him as it has for many managers before.

This opens the door for Jose Mourinho to take his seat at the helm of the most valuable club in England. Can he have success there? Sure, he can. In the same way he was successful at Chelsea, Real Madrid, and seemingly every other stop during his career. He will win a lot in his first couple seasons and wear out his welcome by the third. He won't be at United for very long, but he will win the league at least once before he departs in flames. 

In the meantime, we can enjoy his rivalry with Arsene Wenger again and his heated battles with Pep Guardiola. The Manchester Derbies over the next couple of years will be some of the most interesting matches in all of Europe next year just because of those two. There is also Mourinho's wildly entertaining post game press conferences that should keep non-United fans interested in the club for at least a couple seasons.

Nothing is official, yet. But expect Manchester United to hire The Special One before the week is out.

This also means the future of Ryan Giggs is in flux. The long time captain at Old Trafford had been serving as assistant manager under Van Gaal and could be offered a new role at the club. As a result, he is mulling his options, including leaving the club to pursue a career in managing. 

In non-Manchester United news, FIFA has fired their interim secretary general for giving himself unapproved bonus payments totalling millions of dollars. Markus Kattner was appointed to the position after Jerome Valcke was dismissed and banned for 12 years for his ethics violations. He was being replaced as secretary general by Fatma Samoura, the first woman and first African to hold the position, but was still active at the time of his firing.

Today's Matches
USL
Harrisburg City Islanders v. Toronto FC II- 7pm- YouTube
OKC Energy v. Real Monarchs- 8pm- YouTube

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