Former Manchester United coach Meulensteen faces Anzhi sack?

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Could Rene Meulensteen be about to get the sack from his first managerial job after leaving Manchester United?

Reports are emerging that ex-Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen could be sacked by Russian team Anzhi Makhachkala in the next 24 hours.

Meulensteen took charge of the side just 16 days ago, after manager Guus Hiddink quit.

The Dutch coach's potential termination was made public in a bizarre fashion through Twitter on Tuesday evening by the chairman of Anzhi Makhackala's board of directors; Konstantin Remchukov.

According to Remchukov, Anzhi are set to be 'reformatted' with the annual budget slashed to 50-70 Euros, down from the previous huge outlay of 180 Euros a season.

He omitted Meulensteen's name from his plans, citing Gadzhi Gadzhiyev as the coach he has faith in, also advising that a number of the club's most expensive players will leave the Russian club.

Along with Meulensteen the immediate futures of Samuel Eto'o - the world's highest paid footballer, Lassana Diarra, Willian, Aleksandr Kokorin, Igor Denisov and Christopher Samba are in a perilous position.

There are several theories currently circulating as to why they could be ready to change their plans to drastically.

1) There are reports that Anzhi owner Suleiman Kerimov has lost a huge amount of money recently due to some bad business deals.

2) That Kerimov has lost patience with Anzhi's underperforming stars, without win in four games, lack of team spirit, in tandem with infighting at the club.

3) Financial Fair Play (FFP) being taken seriously.

In this summers transfer window Anzhi Makhachkala signed Aleksandr Kokorin for £16.7m from Dynamo Moscow and Igor Denisov at £13.2m from Zenit, and signed Willian from Shakhtar for more than £30 million in January.

For Meulensteen, who confirmed he turned down the chance to continue at United under David Moyes, it seems sometimes the grass is not always greener?

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