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Erik ten Hag will try to get two Dutchmen to help him as Manchester United coach – including Ajax coach Mitchell van der Gaag and a particularly well-known face – according to a report.
It looks like Ten Hag will be the man to succeed Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford’s headquarters. The current Ajax coach is believed to be ready to take charge of the club this summer. It would be his first job in English football.
Ten Hag has surpassed Mauricio Pochettino on Manchester United short list. As such, it now appears that the only thing missing for him to take on the new role is an official announcement.
Interim manager Rangnick does not know if the deal is closed for Ten Hag to take his place. But various reports indicate that it is only there.
There will be a major redevelopment required for Man Utd this summer. Various high-profile signings have not worked in recent years, so Ten Hag would inherit a squad that he may have to rebuild.
First and foremost, though, he needs to take a stand on his backroom staff. According to DailyMirrorhe already knows two men he would like to work with.
It claims the report Ten Hag wants to continue his collaboration with Mitchell van der Gaag, who currently serves as his assistant manager for Ajax.
Van der Gaag, 50, played for people like PSV and Motherwell during his playing career. He retired in 2007 and began a coaching career the following year.
He himself has management experience, including in the Eredivisie. But he became part of the Ajax setup in 2019 as manager of their reserves and then became Ten Hag’s assistant in June last year.
Mitchell van der Gaag is likely to be chosen over Steve McClaren
Now he appears to be following his superior to Manchester. On the other hand, it means that Steve McClaren is unlikely to become an assistant at United instead, despite the recent links.
Still, there will still be room for more coaching staff in the Ten Hag regime. Tea Mirror remind that another person who could join the staff is Robin van Persie.
The former striker played for Man Utd between 2012 and 2015 and won one Premier League title. His playing career ended in 2019 and he became coach at Feyenoord in 2020.
Still in his badges, van Persie is said to be open to working in the Premier League again. It would, however, depend on his family circumstances; his two children are developing their own athletic careers – in football and show jumping, respectively – in the Netherlands.
He has not yet decided whether he will accept Ten Hag’s offer.
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