The former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has made it public that he wants the Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone to be the next Manchester United manager. Writing in his column with The Mirror Robbie Fowler the former Liverpool striker has laughed at this suggestion.
“I laughed when I heard Gary Neville shouting that his former club should make Diego Simeone their next manager. Honestly. C’mon. I’m not saying he’s anti-football, but some of the antics his team get up to, some of the horrible stuff they do and the tactics they pursue…
“Not at Manchester United. The fans would be calling it out within weeks and, even if he actually won things there, they wouldn’t put up with it for long. United have a certain expectation about how they should be playing.”
“Simeone doesn’t fit with that. He doesn’t fit with anyone who loves football. He essentially exists to stop opponents playing football, which no-one should welcome. And that’s what I mean by identity. It’s not enough to be simply winning – even if that helps.
“Jose Mourinho found that out at Old Trafford. Clubs need a fit with the manager, as well as a winning team, and his philosophy didn’t fit.”