Manchester United have reached an agreement in principle with Erik ten Hag to become their next permanent manager, The Athletic have understood.
Presumably it is a verbal agreement. He is expected to sign a contract for a maximum period of four years.
Ajax is aware of the situation and has yet to reach a deal with United. United also have to finalize details and documentation, while there will be no written agreement or announcement until after Ajax plays Ajax’s cup final against PSV Eindhoven on April 17.
The Athletic understand that its coaching staff will also be finalized in due course.
United want to have respect for both Ajax and Ten Hag, as they have a cup final to play and are still looking for Eredivisie champions.
The representatives of Manchester United and Ten Hag, SEG, did not want to comment.
Ten Hag replaces Ralf Rangnick, who has been doing the work on an interim basis since former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked by the Premier League club in November.
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino was also on the club’s shortlist, but they have opted not to appoint the former Tottenham Hotspur boss.
Ten Hag has been the head coach of Ajax since December 2017. He came over from Bayern Munich’s second team, where he teamed up with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
The 52-year-old guided Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019, where they lost dramatically to Pochettino’s Tottenham.
Ajax won the Eredivisie title in 2019 and 2021 and is currently at the top with four points.
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