Man United squad unhappy with key member of backroom staff

In light of the recent departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United are now in somewhat of a crisis.

Having opted to dismiss Solskjaer on Sunday, the Red Devils are now looking to appoint a permanent manager while Michael Carrick leads the side on a temporary basis.

Although being thrashed 4-1 against Watford left the club will little choice but to send Solskjaer packing – the timing has been far from ideal.

Set to play Villarreal in their fifth Champions League group stage fixture on Tuesday night, Carrick will now be in the spotlight as he attempts to steady a previous sinking ship.

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The search for a new manager isn’t the only issue the club’s decision-makers are forced to contend with though.

According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, several members of the side’s first team are unhappy with the decision to retain coach, Kieran McKenna.

Kieran McKenna joined Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur.

McKenna, along with Mike Phelan, had been expected to leave the club with Solskjaer, however, as it transpired, both men have remained in their roles and that is something that hasn’t gone down too well.

It has been noted that McKenna struggles to demand the respect of the players and is uninspiring in his coaching methods.

Compared to a school teacher, it’s been noted that some players have been left baffled with how McKenna has been allowed to rise to such a senior position within the club.

Stretty News’ Verdict

These reports are deeply concerning.

Fans do not often hear of players revolting behind-the-scenes against coaches but this is exactly what is being reported.

Of course, it goes without saying, the final product that fans see on game day is a result of the work being done every day, not just by the players and the manager, but also by the other members of the backroom staff.

McKenna is young and undoubtedly has a bright mind but if he has been unable to instil his philosophy into the players he is coaching at Carrington over the past three years, that is unlikely to change now.

Although retaining McKenna, along with Phelan, could be a decision taken in order to preserve some familiarity, it does appear to be just a matter of time until an entire new backroom is hired, along with a new permanent manager.

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  1. All discontent and incompetent coaching matters should be dealt with and the incompetent party should be released as well. Deadwood of not only players but coaching staff should also be ridden off to start with a totally new set up with the Mauricio Pochettino managerial hierarchy and set up. To assume the position mid-season will take time to depart their knowledge and playing strategy, but with a settled and stellar cast of proven stars it should be far easier to get things started and probably get the ball rolling, so to speak.

  2. With the appointment of the new manager will come the appointment of new coaching staff as well that can be taken as a given. It’s pointless appointing a new head coach now that may not be a person the new manager wants to work with. Patience is what is required now, the changes will come and come hard.

  3. Manutd is a huge club and it’s owner, board should think and act like other big clubs. This club need a big personality and modern day style of play after sir Alex

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