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Glazer family fires Manchester United manager; is Bucs head coach next?

The family that owns the Bucs and the Manchester United soccer franchise fired manager Jose Mourinho.
Jose Mourinho was fired Tuesday as manager of  the Manchester United soccer franchise of the Premier League.[Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP]
Jose Mourinho was fired Tuesday as manager of the Manchester United soccer franchise of the Premier League.[Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP]
Published Dec. 18, 2018

Has the Glazers' firing season begun?

The family that owns the Bucs and the Manchester United soccer franchise of the Premier League on Tuesday fired manager Jose Mourinho in the midst of the worst ManU start in 28 years.

On Sunday, CBS Sports reported that Dirk Koetter is unlikely to return as Bucs coach and the search for his replacement has already begun.

As for Manchester United,  Michael Carrick, who joined the team's coaching staff after retiring as a player last season, will serve as manager until an interim coach is named.

Manchester United is in sixth place after winning seven of its first 17 Premier League games despite spending $500 million on 11 players  in the transfer market.  The club's website crashed soon after the news of Mourinho's firing was revealed.

"The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future," according to a club statement.

According to the Washington Post, Mourinho joined Manchester United in 2016 after successful runs at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. Mourinho had a habit of holding up three fingers in front of reporters and fans to remind them of his three Premier League championships.

French midfielder Paul Pogba  rejoined Manchester United right before Mourinho's first season with the club after it paid Juventus a then-record $113 million transfer fee, according to the Post.

Pogba remained on the bench during Sunday's 3-1 loss to Liverpool, and after a 1-1 draw with Wolves earlier this season he told reporters he would like to see ManU "attack, attack, attack" in its games at home. Afterward, Mourinho stripped Pogba of his second captaincy.

After the news of Mourinho's firing broke Tuesday, Pogba posted a picture of himself on Instagram and wrote "caption this" below it before deleting it, according to the BBC.