Sheriff Tiraspol manager Stjepan Tomas resigns just TWO DAYS before his Europa League trip to Man United… with the Croatian strangely quitting after his team’s first league loss of the season!
- Stjepan Tomas has resigned as coach of the Moldovan team Sheriff Tiraspol
- Tomas was furious after Sheriff lost their first league game of the season
- They continue to lead the league but go to Manchester United without a coach
Manchester United received a boost ahead of their Europa League visit from Sheriff after the Moldovan team’s manager resigned.
Just two days before heading to Old Trafford, Sheriff’s boss Stjepan Tomas decided to resign after his team fell to their first league defeat of the season at the weekend.
Tomas, who took over in the summer, was furious at the loss to Petrocub.
Speaking afterwards, he said: ‘It seems that the players were thinking about the game in Manchester, there was no concentration. This is my mistake.’
Sheriff actually sits six points ahead of Petrocub at the top of their national league, but Tomas felt guilty that the loss was his fault.
‘In four months, together with the team, Stjepan Tomas managed to create a team from scratch, which successfully passed the qualification for the European cups, having achieved, in fact, with the new team, which he created from scratch in a short time, to break into the group stage of the Europa League,’ said a statement from the Sheriff.
“FC Sheriff collectively thanks Stjepan Tomas and his coaching staff for the work they have done, their contribution to the development of the club and their promotion in the international arena.”
His surprising departure means he was in the role for just four months.
Interestingly, they are the second team in United’s Europa League group to get rid of their manager before the group stage is complete.
Omonia Nicosia, bottom of Group E and without a point, fired manager Neil Lennon last week.
Things could get even worse for Sheriff, who are third in the group with two games remaining, after Cristiano Ronaldo returned to first-team training at Manchester United after burying the hatchet with manager Erik ten Hag.
Ronaldo took part in a session with his team-mates at Carrington on Tuesday morning and is now set to play Sheriff in the Europa League on Thursday.
Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) returned to training with the Manchester United first team on Tuesday.
The Portuguese star was dropped from the squad for Saturday’s draw at Chelsea, forced to train alone and is also believed to have been fined as punishment for refusing to come on as a substitute in last week’s win over Tottenham and then leaving Old Trafford. before full time.
Ten Hag planned to bring the 37-year-old back into the fold, but said he wanted to talk to Ronaldo first to make sure he had seen the error of his ways.
The two men are said to have been in constant dialogue ever since, paving the way for Ronaldo to rejoin the first-team group. He was photographed driving to Carrington on Tuesday morning and again at the first team training session.
Harry Maguire, Donny van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissaka also returned to training, giving United another boost.