EPL: Mourinho explains why he won't have assistant manager next season

  • EPL: Mourinho explains why he won't have assistant manager next season

EPL: Mourinho explains why he won't have assistant manager next season

Romelu Lukaku will return to Manchester United on Tuesday in a bid to prove his fitness ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Mourinho handed Carrick his 464th and final appearance in the 1-0 victory over Watford and the midfielder was given both a pre-match guard of honour and a standing ovation as he left the pitch at Old Trafford.

What fueled the rumors further that Faria could take up the reins at Stamford Bridge was when Jose Mourinho commented on his fellow Portuguese. "I am not training this week. I am going to jump on the staff", he said.

Mourinho stated: 'I've to make the selections however in fact my assistants have an opinion. "I've been at this club, and it is such a great club, so I obviously know the club and the manager", he said. He also won 34 England caps. "Enjoy your retirement, my friend!" "But it is a hard role, you need somebody to talk to because you can't bounce things off people if they're not there".

"The final chance to cut the cloth clean".

I will organise my coaching staff in a way where the assistant manager figure doesn't exist. It just fits. Hopefully it still fits in a couple of years' time. I can move on now and focus exclusively on the other side.

"I really don't think we're far away". It's not an issue. And the reality of the numbers is that between second and fifth, there is three or four or five points, I don't know. He already has no doubt he will be able to call on Carrick's expertise when it comes to identifying new players, particularly in his old midfield role. "I'm well aware of that", he said.

Despite retiring, Carrick isn't leaving United at all.

United will have major concerns about their midfield as Michael Carrick steps into a coaching role and Fellaini departs the club.

Carrick - signed for £18m from Tottenham - joined the Red Devils seven months after Keane's departure. Huge players, bigger than me, and the club has moved on and still been successful. If Eden Hazard goes to Real Madrid, I'm sure Chelsea would be keen on a swap deal.

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Addressing the fans, Carrick added: "I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone for their support over the years, it's been unbelievable".