Neville: Don’t announce Solskjaer yet

Gary Neville feels announcing Manchester United’s new manager in February will be a big distraction for the club, suggesting the end of March as the best time

Bookmakers strongly believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would land the job on a permanent basis considering his exploits since taking over from Mourinho in December.

The Norwegian has masterminded a massive turn around at the club to send them to a Champions League spot after winning 10 games and drawing 1 as the interim boss.

But with key FA Cup and Champions League games coming up, Neville told Sky the end of March or start of April would be a sensible time to make a judgement on the new manager.

“I think it’s too early to give him the job now. I think coming out of March is the right time to appraise it, then look at April with six weeks to go, make a decision considered over a three or four-month period, how the club are feeling, how the players are feeling, and what the results are.

“That’s not because they have seven or eight tough games, I just think it’s sensible to reflect over a three or four-month period, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is putting himself in with a major shout of getting the job.

“If Manchester United continue in this way until the end of the season and get into the top four then the risk with not giving Solskjaer the job would be huge.

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“If you get to October and they have spent £30m or £40m to get a new coaching set-up into the club and they are fifth, all hell will break loose. People will say: why did you not give Ole the job when he was doing it well?

“I still think you don’t need to announce it today because as soon as you do it’s ‘who are you going to sign and who are you going to get rid of’. At the moment it’s still a very good atmosphere, but once the job comes then the questions would start to change.


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