Manchester United have announced the appointment of highly rated manager Erik Ten Hag. He will become their permanent manager next season with current interim manager Ralf Rangnick moving to a role in the boardroom, most likely as a consultant for football operations given his vast experiences with many European clubs.
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In a statement released on the official Manchester United website, John Murtogh United’s football director had this to say:
“During the past four years at Ajax, Erik has proved 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.”
“In our conversations with Erik leading up to this appointment, we were deeply impressed with his long-term vision for returning Manchester United to the level we want to be competing at, and his drive and determination to achieve that. “
“We wish Erik the best of luck as he focuses on achieving a successful end to the season at Ajax and look forward to welcoming him to Manchester United this summer.”
The new manager Erik Ten Hag also had an opportunity to say a few words, stating:
“It is a great honour to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I am hugely excited by the challenge ahead. I know the history of this great club and the passion of the fans, and I am absolutely determined to develop a team capable of delivering the success they deserve.”
“It will be difficult to leave Ajax after these incredible years, and I can assure our fans of my complete commitment and focus on bringing this season to a successful conclusion before I move to Manchester United.”
The 52-year old manager has signed a 3 year deal with an option to extend the deal for another year. Manchester United will reportedly be paying Ajax close to £2 million to buy the esteemed manager out of his current contract with the Dutch champions. He will be hoping to end his Ajax chapter on a good note by winning another Eredivisie.