The Premier League legends who became Premier League managers
Some players' influence extended to the sidelines once they hung up their boots.The former Liverpool legend spent the last three years cutting his coaching teeth at Scottish side Rangers, winning the 2020-21 league title, and last week he joined Aston Villa as their new manager following Dean Smith's dismissal a few days earlier.
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There are some big names being linked to the Manchester United job since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's departure.
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First came Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers last week, then PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax manager Erik ten Hag today. Now, all eyes and ears will turn to Zinedine Zidane to respond to rumors about the vacant Manchester United job.
Prior to their respective clubs' Champions League matches this week, Pochettino and ten Hag both deflected rumors linking them to the United job since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired on Saturday.
Report: Solskjaer to be fired by Manchester United
Following their shocking 4-1 defeat at Watford, multiple reports state that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to be fired by Manchester United. [ MORE: Watford vs Manchester United recap, highlights ] The Times states that United’s managing director, Richard Arnold, was instructed to discuss exit terms with Solskjaer after an emergency board meeting was held by the Glazer family who owns the club. Another report from the Manchester Evening News says that Solskjaer will be fired and replaced by former midfielder Darren Fletcher on a temporary basis.
"I'm busy with Ajax," ten Hag said during his prematch press conference. "I don't need to talk about other interests, because nobody has contacted me. I don't know the plans and strategies of other clubs, but I do know those of Ajax. We want to win titles this season and our focus has to be firmly on this."
"... It's always nice when you are linked to clubs with this status."
Pochettino, meanwhile, has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford since his Tottenham days. Reports across Europe this week have suggested that the Argentine is considering leaving Paris for Manchester at the end of this season, but Pochettino was quick to say he was happy in the French capital.
"We are in a business where the rumours are there, I completely understand, sometimes in a positive or a negative way," Pochettino said at his press conference. "I'm not distracted.
Next Manchester United manager: Updates on Pochettino, Zidane, Rodgers & others
There are plenty of developments in the pursuit to fill the permanent manager role at Manchester United with Mauricio Pochettino gaining steam.That's the predicament in which the Red Devils find themselves as they hope to salvage a season that's taken an early turn for the worse. Failure to advance to the Champions League knockout rounds and finish in the top four of the Premier League would constitute a failure as the club continues to stumble since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
"... I think I was clear. I said to you all that my contract is until 2023. It is this season and one season more. I am really happy at Paris Saint-Germain. That is a fact. The fact is I am happy in Paris."
Ajax, who leads its Champions League group with 12 points, will face Beşiktaş tomorrow while PSG awaits its Wednesday night showdown with Manchester City.
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Premier League preseason schedule, start time, dates, fixtures, results .
Premier League preseason is just about done as teams have been back in full training for a month and playing games here, there and everywhere as they prepare for the 2021-22 season. [ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA ] Of course, due to the current situation around the globe, PL clubs are going on much shorter preseason breaks than usual and most are remaining in the UK ahead of the new campaign. Managers will be happy if they can get to the start of the regular season after having a relatively straightforward preseason.