Erik Ten Hag wants to leave Ajax if he is offered the Man Utd job and he has already appointed the backroom staff he wants, according to a Dutch journalist.
Ten Hag has been manager of the Eredivisie giants since December 2017 and has won two league titles and two Dutch Cups at the helm.
The former FC Utrecht boss is said to be one of the favorites for the permanent job at Man Utd along with Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino. and Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel also under consideration.
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Interim boss Ralf Rangnick – who took over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier in the season after the Norwegian was sacked – will take up a consultancy role at the end of the campaign, paving the way for a new manager in the dugout.
And now From Telegraaf journalist Mike Verweij (via sports witness) claim Ten Hag is set to move to Man Utd this summer.
“Is Ten Hag going to stay? No, I do not think so. I thought Ajax management would like to keep him in his contract because Marc Overmars is already gone” Verweij said.
“However, during the press conference, he indicated that he was not aware of the choice of [appoint] Klaas-Jan Huntelaar [to the technical staff]. Then you can draw the conclusion that Ten Hag is not very decisive in next season’s politics, otherwise you have a say in who you work with.
All of Ajax’s behind-the-scenes staff are unlikely to move with Ten Hag to Old Trafford but it is claimed Mitchell van der Gaag has already been ‘nominated’ to go with him should Man Utd come calling.
“I think Van der Sar will respect this agreement. If a club like Manchester United comes, I think as a Dutch coach you want to go in that direction,” added Verweij.
“I do not think so [Ten Hag’s entire backroom staff will leave]. i heard that [assistant] Mitchell van der Gaag is nominated to go there.
Asked about the Man Utd links yesterday, Ten Hag told reporters: “I’m working with Ajax now. That’s what I’m fully focused on now.
“But as a manager, I’m already working on our team for the future. I’m also focusing mainly on the present. The road to the Champions League is closed after our loss to Benfica. But there are still two roads completely open.