Manchester United have reached a verbal agreement with Ajax manager Erik ten Hag over becoming their permanent head coach, The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports.
Ten Hag has been the leading candidate for the managerial vacancy, but it was recently claimed that the Dutchman wanted enough power over the decision-making on transfers.
It is now reported that the 52-year-old has verbally agreed terms over a four-year deal. Ajax have been made aware of the same. A formal announcement could be delayed for a few days.
Ajax are scheduled to face PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Cup final on Sunday. Only after that will Ajax make a formal confirmation about Ten Hag making the switch to Old Trafford.
United are expected to pay a small compensation fee of around €2 million for Ten Hag’s release this summer. The Dutchman will finalise his coaching staff in due course.
Ten Hag has a busy summer ahead for the Red Devils with a rebuild planned, but there are still seven games left in the current Premier League campaign.
Champions League football seems difficult with a six-point deficit to fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, but European football is well within reach for the club.
It remains to be seen whether the club’s appointment of Ten Hag has a positive influence on the first-team squad between now and the end of the campaign.
Ten Hag should keep a close eye on player performances in the run-in. A number of fringe players could be shown the exit door ahead of a big spending spree.
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