Sheriff coach resigns before United tie

Tuesday 25 October 2022 12:15

Sheriff Tiraspol will be under new management at Old Trafford on Thursday night, after Stjepan Tomas handed in his resignation.

The Croatian felt it was his fault the players were so focused on the Europa League tie that they did not perform in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Petrocub.

In a shock move, he decided to quit, even though the Tiraspol side sit six points clear of Petrocub at the top of the Moldovan National Division after a first loss of the league campaign.

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Tomas had only been in the role for four months and the Moldovan club thanked him and his coaching staff for "the work done, contribution to the development of the club and its promotion in the international arena."

It means some major upheaval for Thursday's visitors, as United look to maintain the pressure on Real Sociedad at the top of Group E. Sheriff are currently in third spot, three points clear of Omonia Nicosia, who have yet to pick up a point.

The Cypriot side also parted company with their manager, Neil Lennon, last week.

In other managerial news, Unai Emery has been appointed Aston Villa manager, following Steven Gerrard's exit.

The Spaniard did well with Villarreal, including overcoming United in the 2021 Europa League final, following a penalty shoot-out.

The former Arsenal boss takes charge on the first day of next month, meaning his first two games will be against Erik ten Hag's men. We play at Villa Park in the Premier League on 6 November before the Midlanders travel north for the Carabao Cup tie four days later.