March 25, 2024

Man Utd chief Ratcliffe ‘not making’ Erik ten Hag sack call as details on meetings emerge | Football | Sport

Sir Jim Ratcliffe will not be responsible for dismissing Erik ten Hag if the Dutchman is relieved of his duties in the summer, according to reports. Ten Hag is widely reported to be facing the sack after two years in charge of Manchester United, who have struggled to make any sort of progress under his guidance.

Ratcliffe took control of football operations at Old Trafford upon purchasing a minority stake in the club and is thought to have doubts over whether Ten Hag is the right man to continue in the dugout. However, it seems that incoming chief executive Omar Berrada will be the one tasked with making a final decision instead of Ratcliffe.

Berrada will take over at United in the summer and is expected to be the de facto ‘kingmaker’ when it comes to deciding Ten Hag’s future, according to the Manchester Evening News. It is said that Ratcliffe does not want to intervene and will delegate to the football expertise of Berrada, who is currently on gardening leave at Manchester City.

INEOS director of sport Sir Dave Brailsford has attended several United games since the petrochemicals firm bought a 28 per cent stake in the Red Devils. He sits on the board and has been conducting a ‘thorough audit’ on the club in recent months but will not have the decisive say on whether Ten Hag stays or goes.

A managerial change at United is not expected to happen until at least the end of the season, with Ten Hag set to see out the rest of the campaign. The report adds that United chiefs are working under the assumption that he will remain in charge, having included him in their meetings planning for the pre-season tour of the United States and the summer transfer window.

It remains to be seen who United could target to replace Ten Hag, with a number of high-profile names already said to be under consideration. It has been reported that Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou is among the potential candidates despite the Aussie having only been in north London since the start of the season.

Gareth Southgate has also been linked with the United job but is unwilling to discuss his future until after this summer’s Euros, with his England contract set to run until December. He was quick to dismiss the speculation last week, insisting that he remains fully committed to the national team.

“I’m certainly not going to speak to anyone else, I never have, I’ve been eight years in the job and would never entertain speaking to anyone else while I’m in a job, so I don’t know if that answers your question,” said Southgate.

“There are two things from my point of view. Firstly, I am the England manager and I have got one job, basically, to try and deliver a European championship. Clearly, before that, two important games this week. And the second thing is Manchester United have a manager. I think it is always completely disrespectful when there is any speculation about a manager who is in place.”


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