Mark Goldbridge claims top-tier managers would “sink” at struggling club
In a recent revelation, football content creator Mark Goldbridge has boldly declared that the managerial role at Manchester United is “too big for any manager,” suggesting that even managerial giants such as Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti would “sink” due to the current chaos engulfing the club.
The Red Devils find themselves in a precarious position, currently sitting in 10th place in the Premier League after seven games. Despite winning three matches, they have suffered defeats in the remaining four. In the Champions League, their struggles continue, positioned at the bottom of their group after losses to Bayern Munich (4-3) and Galatasaray (3-2), the latter marked by a red card for Casemiro.
Off the pitch, Manchester United has been grappling with internal issues. The Mason Greenwood situation resulted in the club deciding to part ways with the player, Antony has been granted time off, and tensions between manager Erik ten Hag and Jadon Sancho have come to light.
The turmoil has sparked speculation about Ten Hag’s potential dismissal, with reports of player complaints describing a “toxic” environment within the squad. Goldbridge, however, contends that the manager is not the root cause of the issues. In a recent interview with talkSPORT, he argued, “Any talk of wanting him out is wrong because there are bigger issues at the club right now. United fans are not going after the manager, and people outside of our supporters might not understand that. I think the job’s too big for any manager right now.”
Goldbridge emphasized that renowned managers like Ancelotti, Diego Simeone, Guardiola, or Jurgen Klopp would struggle in the current chaotic state of the club, stating, “If you put Carlo Ancelotti, Diego Simeone, Pep Guardiola, or Jurgen Klopp in there, then they’d sink because it’s such a mess.”
In Goldbridge’s view, the solution does not lie in changing the manager but in a comprehensive overhaul of the team from top to bottom. He cautioned against repeating the cycle of hiring and firing managers, stating, “What United needs is a very big overhaul of the team from top to bottom. And then if a new owner comes in and says, ‘I don’t like the vision of Ten Hag’ and sacks him, I think the fans would go, all right, okay, it’s a new start.”
However, Goldbridge believes that such changes cannot occur until the club is sold, expressing concern about the current ownership under the Glazer regime. He pointed out issues with recruitment, poor sales, club debt, and the treatment of the club as a franchise, identifying these as significant problems in need of immediate resolution.
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