Erik ten Hag: Manchester United manager is getting closer to the appointment of Ajax boss | Soccer News

Manchester United are close to finalizing the appointment of their new manager with Erik ten Hag expected to be their chosen candidate.

Sources from Ajax and the Dutchman’s camp told Sky Sports News last week that discussions over pay and how to handle an official announcement had taken place, after he impressed during his interview.

United denied having held official discussions and called such an advanced reading of the situation “premature”.

The club have stuck to this line, insisting that no agreement has been reached with anyone. United’s position is also that the process is still ongoing with several candidates and they will not provide comment on this.

Ten Hag still has a year left on his contract with Ajax, but excellent relations between the clubs have made talks easier and the Eredivisie side won’t stand in his way.

He has long been admired internally, is the popular candidate and was the easiest to get on their shortlist of four.

Mauricio Pochettino has been his only real rival for the job, but negotiating with Paris Saint-Germain would be an entirely different prospect to that of Ajax. The Dutch club have been helpful rather than obstructive and it is understood that Ten Hag’s compensation price is £1.7m compared to the Argentine’s £15m.

Julen Lopetegui has declared his desire to stay at Sevilla, while Luis Enrique’s commitment to lead Spain to the World Cup was too complicated a situation to handle.

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Dutch football journalist Marcel van der Kraan says Erik ten Hag could seek the help of someone with previous experience in England to meet the Premier League challenge if chosen for the Manchester Utd job .

That left a direct battle between Pochettino and Ten Hag, with a split among decision makers over how to proceed now seemingly resolved.

Director of football John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher led the search for a new manager, fueling general manager Richard Arnold and co-chairman Joel Glazer.

This latter pair understood opting for Ten Hag against Pochettino, who had twice previously been the club’s preferred choice to take charge.

United insist no appointment is imminent.

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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 Europe’s most progressive managers and his longstanding ties to their vacant managerial post.

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 not seeing each other refuse a place in the final until after. Lucas Moura’s last-minute goal for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham.

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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 a risk of acceptance as it would be a huge leap for him.

Frank de Boer, who lasted just 77 days at Crystal Palace, was the latest highly successful Ajax manager to join the English top flight – via Inter -.

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

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Speaking on The Overlap, Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher discuss Erik Ten Hag’s suitability as Manchester United manager

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 jump but he has a good coaching pedigree. He has no scars and that’s a good thing – he’s coming in fresh. I did a survey the other day and I was absolutely stunned – 240,000 people voted and 82% 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.”

Rooney exclusive: I’d choose Pochettino over Ten Hag

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Wayne Rooney thinks Mauricio Pochettino could be the right fit for the Manchester United job and thinks it’s time for Paul Pogba to move on

Wayne Rooney has offered Mauricio Pochettino to become Manchester United’s next manager, believing his Premier League experience and bloody youth history puts him ahead of Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.

“I think Pochettino did it in the Premier League,” Rooney said. “He knows the Premier League and at Tottenham he brought a lot of players through. He also did that at Southampton.

“If I choose one of the two, I will choose him. He should be given time to place his plan on the club and the team. If you give him time, I think he would do well.”

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