Norwich did not wait. They won on Saturday but still sacked Daniel Farke because they decided there was no time to waste.
At Manchester United, however, they keep twiddling their thumbs. This vagrancy has proven to be costly for a club aspiring to be Premier League champions.
Because now, even if they release this statement thanking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his efforts and saying he’s always welcome at Old Trafford with all the usual clichés, they won’t have Antonio Conte. He is owned by Tottenham now.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer comes under increasing pressure following Manchester United’s loss to Man City
Norwich sacked Daniel Farke
With Zinedine Zidane said not to be interested in managing in England, United should probably look to Brendan Rodgers or Mauricio Pochettino, whose clubs wouldn’t let them go without a fight. At least they would be tactical improvements on Solskjaer.
Manchester City fans, in their corner of the stadium on Saturday, loved picking up the mickey. “Ole, let us know,” was one of their songs. “Ole is at the wheel”, another.
Rival supporters love that United are staying with Solskjaer. If Conte had been in charge, he would have been feared, not taunted.
The biggest clubs anticipate. City announced in February 2016 that Pep Guardiola would be their next boss, from the start of next season. They had a plan.
United, on the other hand, continue to wander aimlessly down a path that won’t lead them to being Premier League champions.
Problem is, Ed Woodward, their executive vice president and chief decision maker, is about to leave the club. He doesn’t seem interested in taking the final leg of his tenure to give Solskjaer the Carrington bus ticket and set up interviews with potential candidates.
Another executive would have acted earlier. A new one might, once he takes over from Woodward.
United were beaten 2-0 by fierce rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday
Solskjaer claimed ahead of the derby that United are the greatest team in Manchester and the world. Considering what’s going on on the pitch, that’s a laughable claim.
We had callers on BBC Radio 606 on Saturday night describing Solskjaer as “clueless”, but they put the ultimate blame on the board for the framing.
In recent weeks, the gap between United and those at the top of the Premier League has widened. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool blew them away. Then Guardiola’s City did the same. They had total control. There is a huge class gap between Solskjaer’s United and their rivals, from top to bottom.