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Manchester United announced this Thursday the hiring of Dutchman Erik ten Hagcurrently at Ajax Amsterdam, as new coach from end of this season and until June 2025with the option to extend it for another year.
The director of football of the “Red Devils”, John Murtough, congratulated himself in a statement for the incorporation of “one of the most exciting and successful coaches in Europerenowned for the attractive and attacking football of its teams and its commitment to young people.
Ten Hag will take the controls of one of the great teams in England, immersed in a deep crisis for years that has not been able to be corrected by the current caretaker manager, Ralf Rangnick, who took over following the dismissal this season of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
After being beaten by Liverpool last Tuesday (4-0)United is currently in sixth position in the Premier League, three points behind the Champions League positions, although with one game more than fourth, Tottenham.
According to Murtough, the Dutch coach “deeply impressed” to those responsible for the club with its “long-term vision for return Manchester United to the level at which we want to competewith his ambition and his determination to achieve it”.
For his part, the Dutchman, who had long sounded like a favorite for the bench along with names like Mauricio Pochettino, stated that he is It was a “great honor” to assume the position and he was enthusiastic about the magnitude of the challenge.
“I know the history of this great club and the passion of the fans, and I am determined to develop a team capable of achieving the successes it deserves“, he added.
At the same time, Ten Hag acknowledged that it will be “very difficult” for him to leave Ajax after some “incredible” years, although he reiterated his commitment to his current team until the end of the season.
Ten Hag has managed Ajax since December 2017where they reached the semifinals of the Champions League, in 2019, thanks to dynamic and total football, supported by a litter of young people who in many cases have ended up in the big clubs in Europe.
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