Erik ten Hag is confident he will be offered the job as Manchester United’s next permanent manager following the agreement between the Dutchman’s side and the club that Steve McClaren should be named their No.2 if the 51-year-old takes over. raises.
The Ajax coach has had further talks with United over Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s succession and is believed to be considering the club’s willingness to consider McClaren, who Ten Hag worked with at FC Twente for the 2008-09 season , as a positive sign towards which it could be headed. Old Trafford. Although a deal remains to be done, Ten Hag and his advisers will now be surprised if he misses his shot.
United’s initial five-man list also included Spain manager Luis Enrique, Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui, Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel and Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino, but Ten Hag emerged as clear favourites. Luis Enrique was particularly admired at the start of the process, but he effectively ruled himself out when he made it clear he would only leave Spain after this winter’s World Cup. United want the new manager in place for the summer transfer window.
Tuchel was unreachable due to his commitment to Chelsea and although Lopetegui and Pochettino were interviewed, Ten Hag emerged as the first choice, impressing in talks led by United director of football John Murtough and overseen by Joel Glazer, the co-chair.
If Ten Hag is appointed and McClaren joins him, it will mean a return to the club after 21 years for the 60-year-old former England manager, who was Sir Alex Ferguson’s number 2 from 1999 to 2001. At the end of his first season at United, the club won the treble.
McClaren’s experience of United and the Premier League is one of the main reasons why he is considered as Ten Hag’s potential assistant. He also speaks Dutch, having had two different spells in charge of Twente.