Manchester United have reportedly reached a verbal agreement with Ajax boss Erik ten Hag to become the club’s third full-time manager in less than four years.
the athletic reports that United and the 52-year-old have agreed to take over a four-year contract from caretaker Ralf Rangnick.
No Manchester United boss has lasted more than four years since Sir Alex Ferguson, with David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all being shown the door in a short space of time.
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The publication reports that the terms of Ten Hag’s departure from Ajax and his backroom staff have yet to be confirmed before a deal can be finalized.
Reportedly, United hopes to have it finished by the end of this week, after Ajax played against PSV in the cup final.
In recent weeks there has been speculation that Ajax banned English journalists from talking to the manager.
Yet he has recently been questioned about his future and has declined to confirm whether he would remain in the Netherlands.
He told ESPN: “We are busy with training and with the games.
“That way you keep the focus on it. I want to talk about the game and not about other things and whether or not I’ve had conversations. I’m not going into rumours.
“Ask about the game or I’m going in.”
Should a deal be made, the arrival of Ten Hag will of course be heavily scrutinized, with some experts already doubting whether he is the right man for the huge job.
Former Arsenal and England midfielder Paul Merson said the manager could be in for a rough shock.
“If it’s Erik ten Hag who gets the job, he’s someone who has worked in a two-team competition for many years,” Merson said. air sports† “He’s never worked in this league and he’s never really worked with great footballers.
“Ten Hag may be a good coach, but he has worked with players who have been told that if they work hard they will make their big step into the Premier League.
“These Manchester United players are at the biggest club in the world, but if you look at how they performed, you’d think they were teething. You have fans who go to every away game and you have players who just give their shrug and want to get the season out of the way.”