Firstpost Spodcast Episode 107: Manchester United appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Anup Kumar's retirement from kabaddi and more
Today, we discuss the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager of Manchester United, India's legendary kabaddi captain Anup Kumar's retirement from the sport and more.
Following the sacking of Jose Mourinho from the role of manager for Manchester United, the club selected Ole Gunnar Solskjaer caretaker manager until the end of the current season. The Norwegian, a former United striker, will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will be responsible for the team while United searches for a new full-time manager. He had retired from football in 2007, before which he appeared 366 times for United, and scored 126 goals during a successful period for the club. His most famous moment was the 1999 Champions League final when he scored the winner for United against Bayern Munich.
Speaking of Jose Mourinho, the ousted Manchester United manager told the media on Wednesday that he was proud of his time at the club but refused to delve into the issues that played a part in his exit.
In a statement shared with the press, United’s former manager made it clear that that chapter is now closed, and he wanted to move on. Mourinho said, “I have been immensely proud to wear the badge of Manchester United since the first day I arrived, and I believe all United supporters recognise this. Just as was the case with my previous clubs, I have worked with some wonderful people and I believe that some will be my friends for life. I know that you are all aware of my professional principles. Each time a chapter is closed I show my deepest respect and I don't make any comments about my former colleagues.” He added, “I keep the good things and I don't speak about anything that happened in the club. We could speak about so many good things. It's finished.”
Tottenham moved a step closer to their first trophy since 2008 after beating their North London rivals Arsenal 2-0 to book a place in the semifinals. Meanwhile, defending champions Manchester City will face off against League One Burton.
Tottenham will face Chelsea in the semi-final. Chelsea defeated Bournemouth 1-0 in the quarterfinal, thanks to Eden Hazard’s 84th minute strike.
Veteran kabaddi player Anup Kumar, one of the most impactful kabaddi players to have played for India, announced his retirement with immediate effect yesterday. 35-year-old Anup had an illustrious 15-year career that included two Asian Games gold medals, a Kabaddi World Cup title win in 2016 and a Pro Kabaddi League title win with U Mamba in 2015.
The interviews for India's new women's cricket coach will take place today as the shortlisted candidates appear before the BCCI selection panel comprising ex-cricketers Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.
The shortlisted candidates who will be interviewed include Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Ramesh Powar, WV Raman, Venkatesh Prasad, Manoj Prabhakar, Trent Johnston, Mark Coles, Dimitri Mascarenhas and Brad Hogg.
'All the best my friend', football fraternity reacts to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sacking as Manchester United boss
Solskjaer failed to win a trophy in nearly three years in charge at Old Trafford and tangible signs of progress after finishing second in the Premier League last season have been blown away amid a run of five defeats in their last seven league games
Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo fires Manchester United into last 16, Chelsea thump Juventus to progress
Barcelona were held to a goalless draw by Benfica at the Camp Nou in Xavi's second game as coach, but remain above the Portuguese side in Group E.
Carrick was coy on the possibility of replicating that turn of events, with his focus on securing a place in the Champions League last-16 with victory against Villarreal in Spain on Tuesday.