Manchester United one of the world’s most popular football (soccer) clubs in the world, will announce the firing of Louis van Gaal their manager Monday afternoon.
The Dutchman has been reportedly given a payoff of £5 million with Jose Mourinho expected to take charge of the club immediately.
Just 48 hours ago, van Gaal led his players to a FA Cup Final victory over Crystal Palace. Van Gaal was given his large payoff as well as £400,000 he received for winning the FA Cup.
The Dutchman has paid the price for the club having a poor season in the Premier League where they finished fifth and missed out on another Champions League campaign.
The Dutch coaches he brought in including Albert Stuivenberg and Frans Hoek will also leave the club along with Max Reckers a performance analyst.
The club will release an official statement of the firing at 1 p.m. local time, which is just prior to the New York Stock Exchange opening.
Executive Vice Chairman of Manchester United Ed Woodward met with van Gaal to tell him that he was no longer the manager and that Mourinho would be hired to succeed him.
Alongside van Gaal when he was given his walking papers was his entire coaching staff.
Mourinho is expected to hold more talks Tuesday prior to signing a contract of three years that will include the signing of Rui Faria his long time assistant and Silvino Louro his goalkeeping coach.
Former United player and current bench coach Ryan Giggs’ future is up in the air despite a wish by Mourinho to keep the well-respected Welshman at Manchester.
Before the FA Cup winning celebrations had died down, the win by United was being overshadowed by new reports that the Dutchman would be replaced by the ex-Chelsea boss.
United had staunchly refused to comment on any speculation regarding the situation with their manager, while Mourinho kept counsel when asked about his possible hiring on Saturday night at a boxing match featuring David Haye.
On Saturday, following the United win over Crystal Palace, van Gaal insisted he would return next season, but on Sunday added to the speculation by talking to a reporter and saying it was “over.”
The short comment made by van Gaal escalated the speculation over whether he meant his time was over at Old Trafford or the season was over.
Van Gaal has one season remaining on a contract of three years, while Mourinho has not managed since last December when he was sacked by Chelsea following a horrible start to their league championship defense.