Solskjaer may have to sack coaches and hire new ones to save United job
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has next to no margin for error, otherwise his time as Manchester United manager will be brought to an abrupt end.
But as well as the Norwegian learning on the job in arguably the most difficult job in football, Solskjaer is surrounded by coaches who are also lacking experience.
Mike Phelan may have been a key part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s coaching team, but he didn’t quite have the same influence or responsibility as the likes of Carlos Queiroz or Rene Meulensteen.
The latter duo were Ferguson’s trusted generals who took control of training and ensured the players were well-coached going into the matches.
Solskjaer alongside Michael Carrick, Phelan, Kieran McKenna, Darren Fletcher and Eric Ramsay don’t have the previous experience to get them out of this tricky period.
The baby-faced assassin needs an experienced pool of trusted coaches around him who he can confide and lean on in the most trying of circumstances – which is right now.
Does Solskjaer have to be brutal?
Coaching a wealth of world class players and big name personalities is always going to bring challenges, but Solskjaer is crying out for experience and help.
Instead of asking the likes of Carrick or McKenna for advice, Solskjaer needs someone in the ilk of Meulensteen to help steer the ship back on track.
David Moyes decided to bring his Everton coaching team with him to Old Trafford and not continue with Phelan and Meulensteen, which didn’t work out for the Scot either.
Solskjaer has repeatedly defended his coaching staff’s credentials and praised the incredible work they do, so it’s highly unlikely that he would dramatically part ways with them all.
But he needs to surround himself with some coaching pedigree. The likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are the best managers, but they have a trusted group of coaches around them that help bring the best out of the team.
There may be some sentiment having the likes of Phelan, Fletcher and Carrick back at the club, but that isn’t going to help Solskjaer right now.
In order for Solskjaer to perform the ultimate U-turn and prove he is still the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, he may have to give his entire coaching team the chop and urgently bring in some experienced coaches to steady the tide.