Manchester United have named Ajax manager Erik ten Hag as their new manager, effective at the end of the season, to replace interim Ralf Rangnick.
The 52-year-old has agreed to a three-year contract with a one-year extension option. According to United’s website, he stated: “It is a great honor to be named manager of Manchester United, and I am very excited about the challenges that lie ahead.
“I am well-versed in the history of this great club as well as the passion of the fans, and I am determined to build a team capable of delivering the success they deserve.
“It will be difficult to leave Ajax after these incredible years, and I can assure our fans of my complete commitment and focus on completing this season successfully before moving to Manchester United.”
Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar, a former Manchester United goalkeeper, stated that “we would have liked to have kept Erik for longer,” but that “he is going to make the step to one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
According to Ten Hag’s statement to Ajax’s website: “I’m relieved that it has been finalized and officially announced. That clarity is critical.”
United’s football director, John Murtough, stated: “Erik has established himself as one of Europe’s most exciting and successful coaches over the last four years at Ajax, renowned for his team’s attractive, attacking football and commitment to youth.
“In our discussions with Erik before this appointment, we were impressed with his long-term vision for returning Manchester United to the level at which we want to compete, as well as his drive and determination to do so.
“We wish Erik the best of luck as he concentrates on finishing the season successfully at Ajax and look forward to welcoming him to Manchester United this summer.”
Ten Hag will be Manchester United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013. In the nine years since, the club has only won three trophies: the FA Cup, League Cup, and Europa League, and they are currently in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification next season.
Ten Hag is set to oversee a much-needed rebuild at United, with Rangnick – who is set to take up a consultancy role at Old Trafford this summer – claiming after United’s 4-0 thrashing of rivals Liverpool on Tuesday that the club may require up to ten new players.
“It’s a huge leap, but he has a good coaching pedigree.” He’s not scared which is a good thing because he’s fresh. I conducted a poll last week and was astounded by the results: 220,000 people voted, with 82% favoring him over [Mauricio] Pochettino.
“I knew he’d be popular because you could smell it on social media.” Manchester United fans, I believe, want a new start and a new name. They want something completely new that they haven’t had before, which has probably worked against Pochettino in some ways.”
“Erik ten Hag will join Manchester United as an outsider charged with instituting cultural change at one of the world’s most illustrious clubs.” But that’s a job he’s done before.
“At Ajax, they made fun of his accent. He was a Tukker, a man from the country’s east, a region known for its down-to-earth attitude. Some in sophisticated Amsterdam did not believe the great Ajax had anything to teach him. They were mistaken.
“Two domestic doubles and one kick away from a Champions League final later, there is an acknowledgment that Ten Hag has brought some of the best football Ajax has seen in years.” His methods have yielded success, and his demeanor has won over the skeptics.”
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Several first-team players, including Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, and Edinson Cavani, whose contracts expire at the end of the season, could be on their way out as part of the restructure.
The departures of Jim Lawlor, United’s chief scout, and Marcel Bout, the head of global scouting, were announced on Wednesday.
“Manchester United’s interest in Erik ten Hag came as no surprise given his status as one of Europe’s most progressive coaches, and his long links to their managerial vacancy.”
“The 52-year-old has fans at Old Trafford dating back to 2018/19 when his Ajax side knocked out Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, before stunning Juventus and being denied a place in the final by Lucas Moura’s last-minute goal for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham.”
“Ten Hag is a popular choice to take over at Old Trafford and represents a “fresh, exciting future,” though there is an acceptable risk because it is a significant leap for him.
“Frank de Boer, the last highly successful Ajax coach to move to England’s top-flight – via Inter – lasted only 77 days at Crystal Palace.”
“The expectations, global spotlight, and level of competition at the top end of the Premier League are unlike anything he has previously experienced.”
Ten Hag is preferred by Manchester United fans over Neville.
“Ten Hag worked for Bayern Munich under Pep Guardiola. We’re all aware of the ramifications of that. In Holland, he’s won a few titles and cups. His playing style is excellent. At the age of 52, he has more experience than most people believe.