Manchester United’s appointment of Erik ten Hag as their next permanent manager is virtually complete with only the signing of the contract and a straightforward deal with Ajax remaining to complete the process.
The deal is expected to be on an initial three-year basis, with the club having the option to apply for a further 12 months.
Sky Sports News reported on March 31 that Ten Hag is in pole position to land the job over Mauricio Pochettino, with sources close to the manager and Ajax revealing compensation – believed to be less than £2million – and how managing an ad had already been discussed. That much.
United want to be sensitive to the Dutch side’s showdown against PSV Eindhoven in the KNVB Cup final on April 17 and the fact that they are in a tight title race.
Ajax don’t want the speculation to drag on as it always turns out to be a distraction. They rejected requests from England journalists and did not grant access to press conferences to avoid questions about the manager’s future.
United maintain a deal is not done, but Sky Sports News found last week that only formalities were up in the air with all major details agreed in principle.
The composition of Ten Hag’s coaching staff at Old Trafford has yet to be worked out in concrete terms, but neither side has concerns about it.
Ajax have been helpful rather than a hindrance in securing a deal on the line, with the club invested in not blocking the advancement of their managers and players.
Analysis: Man Utd exposure like nothing Ten Hag will have experienced
Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy:
“Manchester United’s interest in Erik ten Hag will come as no surprise given his status as one of the most progressive managers in Europe and his long-standing ties to their managerial position.
The 52-year-old has had admirers at Old Trafford since 2018/19, when his Ajax side knocked out Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16, before stunning Juventus and failing. only be denied a place in the final after Lucas Moura’s last-minute goal for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham.
“Ten Hag is a popular choice to take charge of Old Trafford and represents what is seen as a ‘fresh and exciting future’, although there is acceptance risk involved as it would be a huge leap for him.
“The last Ajax manager to achieve great success in the English top flight – via Inter – was Frank de Boer, who lasted just 77 days at Crystal Palace.
“The expectations, the global glare placed on United and the level of competition at the top of the Premier League is unlike anything he would have experienced before.”
Neville: Man Utd fans prefer Ten Hag
Sky Sports’ Gary Neville:
“Ten Hag worked at Bayern Munich when Pep Guardiola was there. We know the impact that had. He won a few titles and cups in Holland. His style of play is good. He has more experience than I think most people think so at the age of 52.
“It’s a huge leap but he has a good coaching pedigree. He has no scars and that’s a good thing – he comes in fresh. I did a survey last week and was absolutely amazed – 240,000 people voted and 82 percent were in favor of bringing him (Mauricio) Pochettino.
“I knew he would be the favorite because you can feel it on social media. I think Manchester United fans are demanding a fresh start and a new name. They want something completely different than they had. haven’t had before, and it’s probably gone against Pochettino in some ways.”
The making of Erik ten Hag
Sky Sports’ Adam Bate:
“Erik ten Hag will go to Manchester United as an outsider tasked with implementing cultural change at one of the most famous clubs in the world. But it’s a job he’s already done.”
“At Ajax they made fun of his accent. He was a Tukker – a man from the east of the country, an area known for his down-to-earth approach. didn’t believe the great Ajax had anything to learn from him.They were wrong.
“Two domestic doubles and a kick away from a Champions League final later and there’s acceptance Ten Hag brought some of the best football Ajax have seen in years. His methods won success, his manner won over the skeptics.”
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