Gary Neville tells Man Utd fans to expect new manager ‘within a week’

Gary Neville is confident Manchester United are close to appointing a new manager

Gary Neville confident Manchester United are on the verge of appointing a new manager (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville is confident Manchester United are on the verge of appointing a new manager after interviewing Erik ten Hag for the vacant position earlier this week.

Ralf Rangnick took over on an interim basis from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December but he is not seen as a candidate for permanent takeover and doubts remain as to whether the German will take on the adviser role he was originally slated to fill.

Ten Hag has impressed United bosses with his work at Ajax but Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Enrique and Julen Lopetegui remain in the running and are also likely to be interviewed.

Erik ten Hag was interviewed for Man Utd manager's job

Erik ten Hag was interviewed for Man Utd manager’s job (Image: Getty)

Ten Hag is reportedly set to lose the job at United but director of football John Murtough is careful not to repeat recent mistakes and plans to undertake a thorough process to ensure he finds the right man to oversee a significant rebuilding effort.

Although the process appears to be in the early stages, Neville believes an announcement is imminent, with the new manager being confirmed “in about a week”.

He tweeted: “Ten Hag was reportedly interviewed this week. Once formal interviews have begun and it is such a public process, I would expect a new manager to be announced within a week or so.’

Last week, Neville campaigned for the credentials of Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, who had orchestrated United’s demise in the Champions League.

Gary Neville was enthusiastic about the idea of ​​Man Utd appointing Diego Simeone (Image: Getty)

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: “Simeone was supposed to be a candidate but it was never possible to get him out of Atletico Madrid.

“He’s married there, he’s tied but it would be brilliant to see him in the Premier League, absolutely brilliant.

“You saw on Tuesday night – I saw it many times, I was beaten 2-0 by him in Valencia by a brilliant Atletico Madrid team [Antoine] Griezmann was there before he went to Barcelona.

“He’s a fantastic coach, brutal in his approach to the game – I think his teams are tough in every way.

“Manchester United need a tough manager. Manchester United need a manager who can compete with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola who are the best. So they need someone who can stand on that sideline and feel their equal and I think Simeone could do that.

“So I wouldn’t rule out Simeone at all but I think Ten Hag and Pochettino would be the way forward because they [United’s hierarchy] will want a young, progressive coach – I’m not saying Pochettino’s young ones – but a progressive coach who plays a certain way.

‘And [a coach who] is probably slightly cheaper and available. I don’t know how much it would cost to get Simeone out of Atletico Madrid but Manchester United would have to pay a lot of money.”

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