04 Mar 2022 | 13:09 | Football
Erik ten Hag and the process of building Ajax
Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino remain top contenders, despite recent reports of Man Utd’s interest in Carlo Ancelotti.
The Red Devils hope to bring in a new coach before next season. The coach will carry out the team development project together with CEO Richard Arnold and Director of Football John Murtough.
According to 90min, the Man Utd board spends time evaluating all possible options such as Luis Enrique, Brendan Rodgers, Graham Potter and Ancelotti. In the end, Pochettino and Ten Hag are arguably the best fit.
And this time, Ten Hag even surpassed Pochettino to become the most impressive name. The Dutch strategist led Ajax to two Eredivisie titles, and the club is at the top of the table this season – conceding only 7 goals in 24 matches, scoring 71 goals.
Ten Hag led Ajax to the 2019 Champions League final, losing to Maurico Pochettino’s Tottenham in the semi-finals. He quickly rebuilt the team right after some key players were sold like Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong or Donny van de Beek.
The proof is that Ajax has won all 6 group stage matches in the Champions League this season with a destructive form. Therefore, the Red Devils are impressed with Ten Hag’s style. This coach is not only cool with academy players, but also has the ability to spot talented stars.
It is no coincidence that Man Utd are interested in Antony and Ten Hag clearly played a key role in bringing the 22-year-old to light.
Man Utd owners also like the way Ten Hag keeps himself off the pitch. The Red Devils consider Ten Hag’s composure a plus. Notably, Ten Hag clearly understands what Man Utd is looking for and he is completely interested in the project of the Old Trafford team.
As for Ajax, they know that Ten Hag is ready to leave at the end of the season and there has been little or no protest movement from the Dutch club in the past six months. Not to mention, Ten Hag has the absolute backing of Ralf Rangnick.
The final decision rests with Murtough, with advice from Rangnick, perhaps the possibility of Ten Hag being chosen is highest. Remember, Pochettino is stuck in Paris and technical director Leonardo himself confirmed, Man Utd has not contacted Pochettino.
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