21 Th4 2022 | 12:28
On the afternoon of April 21, Manchester United announced the appointment of Eric Ten Hager as the head coach of the 2022-2023 season.
“Over the past four years at Ajax, Eric has proven himself to be one of the most successful and inspiring coaches in Europe. His reputation is built on the team’s engaging attack and commitment to developing young players ,” Manchester United’s director of football, John Mertoff, stated on the club’s website.
Ten Haig’s contract at Old Trafford runs from the end of the season until June 2025, with an option to extend for a further year. Manchester United have announced that they have completed the process of applying for a work permit for the leader of the Dutch military.
“Over the course of our conversations with Eric, we were impressed with his vision in bringing Manchester United back to the level of competition we wanted, and we were impressed with Eric’s drive and determination. We wish All is well for Eric, luckily he has finished his season at Ajax and is looking forward to welcoming him at Manchester United this summer,” commented Mertuf.
Ten Haag is one of the two leading candidates to succeed Ralph Rangnick at United, along with Mauricio Pochettino.A source close to the 52-year-old coach revealed sky sports Manchester United must pay less than $2.6 million in compensation to get Ajax out of the contract.
“It’s an honour to be named Manchester United manager. I’m very excited about the challenges ahead. I know the history of Manchester United and the passion of the fans. I’m totally determined to build a team. The ball is strong enough to win worthy of the club. Glory,” Ten Haag said.
“It is difficult to leave Ajax after many successful years. I assure the fans that before moving to Manchester United, I will fulfill my commitment and responsibility to help the club finish the season in the best possible way.” He gave Ajak Sri Lanka fans sent a message.
10 Hag is the fifth manager to sign a long-term deal with Manchester United since Ferguson retired in 2013. Old Trafford won trophies in those nine years, including the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League. However, United are at risk of missing out on the Champions League this season. They are sixth in the Premier League, three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and have played more than one game.
Rangnick, who will serve as an adviser after ceding the seat to ten Hager after the 4-0 loss to Liverpool, admits United need a major overhaul. He believes the club needs to add as many as 10 players. United’s first team will also see the departure of Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani or Jesse Lingard when their contracts expire this summer.
Born in 1970, Ten Haag played as a centre-back from 1989-2002, mainly for the Dutch club. He started his coaching career with the Go Ahead Eagles in the Dutch Second Division. In just one season, he led the club to the top, and then the Bayern Munich reserves. At the time, Ten Hager was in a relationship with Bayern Munich first-team coach Pep Guardiola. After two years in Germany, Ten Haag returned to the Netherlands, leading Utrecht to fifth and then fourth in the league.
Ten Hag’s career has continued to improve since taking charge of Ajax on 21 December 2017. In 2019, he led Ajax to the Champions League semi-final for the first time since 1997. Ajax only stopped ahead of Pochettino’s Tottenham. Ten Hag can secure a third consecutive Dutch title when he leads Eindhoven’s second team by four points after 29 rounds.