Fabrizio Romano confirms the arrival of new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag at the club this week
According to football journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, incoming new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag will arrive in the city on Monday to take charge of the club and begin a new chapter in his managerial career.
ten Hag is currently in charge of Ajax Amsterdam, who he led to their third consecutive Eredivisie title this season. It also marks a hat-trick of league title triumphs for him while in charge of the Dutch side, where he took charge in 2017.
Romano revealed that his current assistant Mitchell van der Gaag will be joining him at Old Trafford from next season as part of his coaching staff. He may also link up with Steve McClaren, with the process of bringing back the ex-England manager to the Red Devils currently in progress.
McClaren was previously at United when Sir Alex Ferguson was manager of the side, serving as his assistant between 1999 and 2001. He and ten Hag have worked together in the past as well, with the Englishman appointing the incoming Red Devils manager as his assistant at Twente.
Begin internal discussions as Man Utd boss
The Manchester side is currently gearing up for their final game of the season against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, which will also mark the last time Ralf Rangnick will lead the team out to the pitch as interim manager. He will then begin his new role as a consultant to the United board.
Romano said that ten Hag will be in England during the ongoing week to begin internal discussions with officials about the work to be done at Old Trafford once he takes over. There was previously a meeting in Amsterdam a few days ago.
There are a whole lot of changes expected to take place at the Theatre of Dreams next season, with the change in coaching staff the most notable. ten Hag will become the fifth permanent manager to be appointed by the club since the retirement of Sir Alex in 2013.
Rangnick’s tenure as interim boss will end with the Red Devils either finishing in sixth or seventh place in the Premier League table, subject to their result against Crystal Palace as well as West Ham United’s game against Brighton and Hove Albion.
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Depending on this, ten Hag could either take charge of his new team by playing in the UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League. Either way, European football is guaranteed, although the side will be craving Champions League football next season.
He will need all the help he can get to transform this United side into trophy contenders once again, and has brought along familiar faces to assist him with his task. Hopefully, we see his methods bear fruit beyond the summer.