Nov 13, 2023, 09:20 ET
Manchester United Leaders Stand Firm Behind Erik ten Hag
The leadership of Manchester United has made it clear that they will not entertain meetings with agents who attempt to promote their clients as potential replacements for coach Erik ten Hag, according to sources close to the club.
Ten Hag’s position received a boost after a 1-0 victory against Luton Town in the team’s final match before the international break in November.
Despite a challenging start to the season with nine defeats in 18 games, the Dutchman continues to enjoy the trust and support of the club’s top management. This is due to his previous achievements, including a third-place finish in the Premier League and winning the Carabao Cup last season.
Sources have revealed that Manchester United’s directors have grown frustrated with agents attempting to influence the coaching position. One agent, representing an unemployed coach, had a scheduled meeting canceled out of concern that the conversation would revolve around the uncertainty surrounding the role.
The club’s leadership believes there have been signs of progress, with recent victories against Fulham and Luton in the Premier League. However, a 4-3 loss to FC Copenhagen in the Champions League has raised some concerns.
Nevertheless, the impending investment from Sir Jim Ratcliffe is expected to introduce a level of uncertainty throughout the club. Ratcliffe, the president and CEO of chemical company INEOS, is close to finalizing a deal to acquire a 25% stake in the club.
The terms of the deal may grant Ratcliffe influence over the football operations, leading to doubts about the future of current director of football John Murtough, according to sources.
Ratcliffe, along with INEOS sporting director Sir Dave Brailsford, has expressed dissatisfaction with Manchester United’s transfer market activities over the past decade. They are prepared to implement measures to improve the club’s approach in this area.
Despite the recent dip in form, Ratcliffe and Brailsford have been impressed by Ten Hag’s work since taking charge as coach in 2022.