Erik ten Hag looks set to start work planning for life as Manchester United‘s next Manager on Monday stepped away from his duties at Ajax earlier than anticipated.
The Dutchman will succeed interim boss Ralf Rangnick as the permanent replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after agreeing an initial three-year contract last month.
Ten Hag – who saw off competition from Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino in the battle for the Old Trafford hotseat – is officially due to take the reins in the summer, with Rangnick planning to step back into an advisory role as he also assumes coaching duties for the Austrian national team.
Ten Hag remained in charge at Ajax until the end of the domestic Dutch season, delivering the club a record-extending 36th Eredivisie title and third of his five-year reign that was clinched with a 5-0 demolition of Heerenveen at the Johan Cruyff Arena last week.
He was denied a memorable double after defeat by rivals PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Cup final last month. Ten Hag’s final competitive match in charge of Ajax came on Sunday, with Edson Alvarez’s late goal rescuring a 2-2 draw for the reigning champions away at Vitesse Arnhem.
But with so much work required at United this summer with a huge overhaul expected after the club’s worst-ever Premier League campaign, he has decided not to accompany Ajax on their post-season trip to Curacao as attentions turn to the mammoth rebuilding job ahead.
“There’s a lot of work to be done there [at United]. Of course. There’s a lot of work at every club. A manager’s job is especially focused on the preparations for next season. And there’s a lot of work to be done in that regard.
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