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Simon Jordan tells Man Utd board to “bang their heads” after Mauricio Pochettino request


The majority of Manchester United’s squad are understood to be keen on Mauricio Pochettino becoming the next permanent manager at Old Trafford and Simon Jordan isn’t impressed by their demands

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Simon Jordan believes Manchester United chiefs need to “bang their heads together” following suggestions the players want to decide on the club’s next permanent manager.

The majority of United’s squad are understood to be keen on former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino taking over from interim coach Ralf Rangnick in the summer.

The Argentine manager appears likely to depart Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season and is reportedly eyeing the long-term role at Old Trafford, having made no secret of his desire to return to the Premier League.

A number of candidates are in the frame, including Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, however Pochettino is believed to be the preferred choice among the Red Devils’ ranks.

The majority of Manchester United’s squad are understood to be keen on Mauricio Pochettino becoming the club’s new manager

Rumours suggesting this is the case haven’t gone down well with former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan, who has slammed United’s players for thinking they should have a say in the club’s next appointment.

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“I think it’s laughable,” Jordan told talkSPORT. “United players are in no position to be suggesting [the next manager] and if [chief executive] Richard Arnold ‘s having any of that nonsense then he is going to go the same way as Ed Woodward.

“Pochettino, to me, is not the emperor’s new clothes, but he’s not far from it in my view.

“I think he’s a very good manager. I think he did a very good job at Tottenham and Tottenham fans will probably be aghast at what I am saying, but to be honest with you, I’m not sure he is the answer for Manchester United.

“I’m not sure Ralf Rangnick is the answer for Manchester United and I’m not sure who the answer is, but it shouldn’t just be an envoy of players whose opinion is not sought and not needed.

“If it is sought by people at Manchester United then they need to bang their heads.

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Simon Jordan has slammed United’s players for reportedly believing they should have a say in the club’s next managerial appointment

“If they think getting advice from players is a good thing then they should perhaps sleep on it and if they wake up in the morning and still think it is a good thing, then they should go back to bed.

“It’s not players that should be determining whether managers are employed – irrespective of how much power these players think they have got.”

As revealed by Mirror Sport last week, Pochettino remains the favourite for the United job, with the club’s hierarchy confident they can land him.

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be the preferred option among United’s players
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Following the sacking of club icon Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier in the campaign, the Old Trafford hierarchy appointed Rangnick on an interim basis until the end of the season.

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The German became United’s fifth manager since Sir Alex Ferguson ‘s retirement back in 2013 and the latest name tasked with turning the tide at the club.

The Red Devils have failed to add to their record 20 English top-flight titles since the great Scot called time of his illustrious managerial career.

The responsibility for appointing the next permanent manager at Old Trafford ultimately falls on the shoulders of newly-appointed chief executive Arnold, who succeeded Woodward at the beginning of the month.

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