SUNDAY 29 JUNE 2014: Manchester United fans are waking up to the news that “special one” José Mourinho has been appointed as the replacement to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, who retired from his position last week.
51 year-old Mourinho has left Real Madrid, with the Spanish giants being paid approximately £2m in compensation by MUFC. Mourinho returns to the Premier League for the first time in seven years, having left Chelsea in 2007.
Mourinho arrives with two Champions League titles to his name, and nine domestic league medals. Real won the domestic treble this season under Mourinho, their third La Liga title in a row.
Antonio Conte (Juventus), Robert Mancini (unemployed), Carlo Ancelotti (PSG), and André Villas-Boas (Spurs) are reportedly on the shortlist for the vacancy at the Bernabéu.
The announcement comes just as Dortmund were in negotiations with Real over the services of Nuri Sahin, though it is expected the £28m fee demanded by Madrid may prove a stumbling block unless a part-exchange deal can be agreed.
Giampiero Ventura has parted company with Torino after two seasons, announcing his retirement from management. Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio is strongly rumoured to be the favourite to replace the 66 year-old.
BVB’s ticketing department have announced that they have sold 23,424 season tickets ahead of the new campaign, expecting to sell another 28,000 before the Bundesliga season gets under way at the end of August.