Manchester United have parted ways with Jose Mourinho at a cost of £22.5million.
That is the size of the pay-out the Portuguese manager will get for leading the Red Devils to a disastrous start to the 2018/19 season.
The firing came after reports of growing discontent in the United dressing room, with the nadir on Sunday when French World Cup winner and record signing Paul Pogba was left on the bench during his team’s 3-1 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool.
The controversial boss learned his fate in a brief meeting with the club’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward at the United training ground.
The club released a statement on their website which read: “Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.
“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.
“A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”
According to the Daily Mail, former player Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is the caretaker boss United want to see them through the rest of the season.
The Norwegian, a club legend, is currently in his homeland with Molde. However, United are confident of bringing the former Cardiff City manager back to Old Trafford and sources say there is an “outside chance” a statement may be made before the end of today.
Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane is favourite to get the job at the end of the season.