The Uncertain Future of Erik ten Hag as Manchester United Manager

The decision on whether Erik ten Hag will continue as Manchester United manager is still pending, as the club’s bosses, led by INEOS director of sport Dave Brailsford, are conducting an end-of-season review. This review has been ongoing since the FA Cup final victory over Manchester City last month. Despite expectations that a verdict on Ten Hag’s future would be reached this week, discussions are still ongoing, and no final decision has been communicated to the manager.

United has started considering potential replacements for Ten Hag, including high-profile names such as Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Thomas Frank, Graham Potter, Kieran McKenna, and Roberto De Zerbi. However, McKenna has recently signed a new long-term contract with Ipswich Town, eliminating him from the list of candidates. Moreover, there is also reported interest in Gareth Southgate, although he has been dedicated to England’s preparations for Euro 2024 and has not entertained other job offers.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Erik ten Hag remains determined to continue as Manchester United boss. He even declined an opportunity to discuss the managerial position at Bayern Munich before the club appointed Vincent Kompany. With a year left on his contract at Old Trafford, Ten Hag is hopeful that he will be given the opportunity to lead the team amidst a turbulent season that saw them finish in eighth place in the Premier League.

Manchester United’s preseason activities are set to kick off with a friendly match against Rosenborg in Norway on July 15. Following this fixture, the team will head to the United States for their summer tour, preparing for the upcoming season amidst the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the managerial position. With no definitive timeline for a decision on Ten Hag’s future, the club and its fans are left in suspense as they await a resolution to this managerial saga.

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