Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the manager of Manchester United and Ronald Koeman, the manager of FC Barcelona, are going through the same situation as football managers. They might be leading a team in two different countries, but if we look into the details, both of them are on a tight spot in the respective clubs just like football betting with the clubs.
We compare the Dutch and the Norwegian because they are the club legends and hugely respected by their fans as players. But, right now, all the respect that they give might be lost due to their inefficiency as managers.
Ole was one of the most loved players in Manchester United. He was instrumental in many games for the Red Devils under Sir Alex Ferguson. The fans used to call him the ‘baby faced assassin’. He also became famous as the super sub for United. Alex Ferguson trusted him a lot when the team was in crisis. The main incident that gave the legend tag to Ole was the last-minute goal scored against Bayern Munich in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final. It also helped United to win the treble that season.
After retiring, he started coaching, and in 2018, his beloved club approached him to take over the club. He nodded yes without any hesitations, and the first season under him was one of the best seasons for United. The fans started to compare him with Ferguson, and they kept their hopes high. But right now, the situation is not so good for Ole. He is on the verge of sacking. If the team is slipped once more, he can say farewell to the club. The disastrous loss against Liverpool made the situation worse.
Ronald Koeman was one of the best players under Johan Cruff. He is considered one of the best defenders the world has ever seen. The Dutch defender was one of the vital pieces of Cruff’s dream. It was with this dream team, Barcelona won their first Champions League in history after beating Sampdoria. The winning goal came from Koeman with a freekick.
He was appointed as the manager of FC Barcelona in August 2020. The main challenge in front of him was to rebuild the club back to its supreme level. In his first year, he won the Copa del Rey and finished third in the league. But right now, his position as the manager is not on a significant level. The team hasn’t won against a big team under him, and his tactics are criticised so much. The loss against Real Madrid was another incident that the fans pointed out to sack him.
Ole and Koeman were vital in their teams to win the Champions League in the past as players. But now, as managers, the fans have started to hate them due to their performances.