Erik ten Hag has been named as Manchester United’s new manager, subject to visa processing. The Dutchman has been given a three-year contract with the option of a one-year extension.
Since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, Ten Hag will leave Ajax in June to become the fifth permanent manager at Old Trafford. In June, he begins work, with interim manager Ralf Rangnick remaining in charge for the remainder of the season.
Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure in November, the Old Trafford giants have been led by caretaker Michael Carrick until Ralf Rangnick was appointed on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.
United has been interviewing candidates in the hopes of appointing a permanent manager before the summer to help with the club’s much-needed rebuild, and Ten Hag has been chosen to lead the club forward.
Before moving to Old Trafford on a three-year deal with the option of a fourth year, the impressive Ajax coach is looking to win a third Eredivisie title.
“It is a great honour to be named manager of Manchester United, and I am enormously excited by the challenge ahead,” Ten Hag said.
“I am absolutely determined to develop a team capable of delivering the success they deserve, knowing the history of this great club and the passion of the fans.”
“Leaving Ajax after these incredible years will be difficult, but I can assure our fans that I will give everything I have to bring this season to a successful conclusion before moving to Manchester United.”
“During the past four years at Ajax, Erik has proven himself to be one of the most exciting and successful coaches in Europe, renowned for his team’s attractive, attacking football and commitment to youth,” said John Murtough, the club’s Football Director.
“We were deeply impressed with Erik’s long-term vision for returning Manchester United to the level we want to compete at, as well as his drive and determination to achieve that, in our conversations leading up to this appointment.”
“We wish Erik the best of luck as he concentrates on bringing Ajax’s season to a successful conclusion, and we hope to welcome him to Manchester United this summer.”
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