Ian Wright hinted that Manchester United should follow the template laid out by Chelsea in terms of replacing their manager.

Speaking on Wrighty’s House podcast, the former Arsenal striker used the Blues as a perfect model for how United could approach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sticky situation.

Ole on the way out

Solskjaer’s job in the United dugout is hanging by the thinnest of threads.

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Losing 5-0 at home to Liverpool in the Premier League would be the last dance for so many coaches at a top club.

But the doom and gloom surrounding Old Trafford has been present long before the Merseyside massacre.

Just four wins from the last ten matches across all competitions is the record of a relegation-threatened team, not one tipped to challenge for the title.

The vultures are circling around Solskjaer, with many calling for his head immediately.

Some reports have suggested the Norwegian will make way for Antonio Conte; a man extremely well-known to the Chelsea community.

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Chelsea showing the way

Sticking on the Stamford Bridge theme, United would be wise to follow in the Blues footsteps.

They installed an iconic ex-player at the helm as a way to reproduce the feel-good factor around the place.

After an initial honeymoon period, Frank Lampard’s tenure turned sour and was traded for the more experienced figure of Thomas Tuchel.


The decision has since totally paid off, as Chelsea are currently champions of Europe and ahead of the rest in the first division.

“You look at what they did to their legend after they took him on when there was transfer embargo, he could only take the kids through,” said Wright on the decision to replace Lampard.

Chelsea Training and Press Conference
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“You think to yourself: Who’s going to take that job? Which big manager is going to take that job?

“You’re going to go to Chelsea, with the pressure Chelsea can put a manager under, with no money to spend.

“A top manager’s probably thinking ‘I don’t want that.’

“They gave it to Frank for those years, he bridged it. As soon as it started to go a little bit awry, they got rid of him.”

If United have ambitions of rescaling the summit, probably their best bet is to replicate Chelsea’s judgment call.

Sentimentally, it might feel wrong.

But football is a business built on cut-throat calls, not keeping the peace.

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