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Erik ten Hag given strict instructions after being retained



Erik ten Hag given strict instructions after being retained

Erik ten Hag has reportedly been given a strict directive following Manchester United’s decision to retain him as manager. Sir Jim Ratcliffe and key figures from the new ownership group INEOS conducted an exhaustive end-of-season review to determine ten Hag’s future, ultimately deciding to keep the Dutchman at the helm.

Despite a disappointing Premier League campaign that saw United finish eighth with 14 losses, ten Hag’s position was bolstered by a stunning FA Cup final victory over Manchester City, his second trophy with the club. This crucial win played a significant role in swaying the club’s decision.

The Athletic reported on Tuesday night that Erik ten Hag will continue as manager under a new operational structure. The club and ten Hag are set to begin negotiations over a new contract, with his current deal expiring at the end of the 2024/25 season, though there is an option to extend for another year.

According to journalist Peter Hall, there is a consensus within the club that they are aligned on their vision moving forward. However, there will be a significant shift in ten Hag’s role: he will now take a “backseat” in recruitment and concentrate solely on coaching.

This change comes in response to criticism regarding ten Hag’s transfer dealings, particularly the influence of his agency SEG and the focus on players with Eredivisie connections. Going forward, technical director Jason Wilcox and anticipated sporting director Dan Ashworth will spearhead the club’s transfer strategy.

Additionally, former Manchester City employee Omar Berrada has been appointed as Manchester United‘s new CEO, with his tenure beginning next month. This move is part of the broader restructuring aimed at improving the club’s performance and ensuring a clear division of responsibilities.