Manchester United’s new era begins with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on an interim basis.
The Red Devils have turned to the Baby Faced Assassin for the final six months of this season, before they’ll consider their options over the summer.
But, when you’re in these jobs on a short-term deal, there is always the possibility that you succeed and force the club’s hand to keep you there on a longer deal.
Now, Sky Sports News have learned that if that is the case, United have already agreed a fee with Molde to make Solskjaer their permanent manager – with the 45-year-old to cost £7.2million in terms of a compensatory package.
Look, I have no problem with United being prepared. Doing the opposite has been their downfall over the last few years, so they should be covering all the options.
However, whatever success Ole enjoys this term, I think the majority are already dead-set on making Mauricio Pochettino United’s new boss.
The Argentine has far more experience and pedigree than Solskjaer, who I think will have a positive impact in the interim. You see it time-and-time again that these budding managers do well for a few months, earn a long-term contract and then things go rapidly downhill. Personally, I’d like to avoid that situation from playing out at Old Trafford.