Erik ten Hag was warned about becoming Manchester United’s next manager, with Ruud Gullit claiming it’s a ‘terrible job’ due to the scrutiny and pressure from the Old Trafford legends.
Ten Hag, who has been impressing as Ajax coach since 2017, is the frontrunner to take over the theater of dreams this summer after overtaking Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino.
Ralf Rangnick has been in the role on an interim basis since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was relieved of his duties in November, but United have struggled among the Germans and lost further ground in Saturday’s top-four race as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to relegation candidates Everton.
While Ten Hag is keen to join the Premier League giants, Gullit says his compatriot needs to be aware of what he’s getting into, citing the “constant pressure” from the likes of Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes as one of the falls over a move to Manchester.
Speaking to Ziggo Sport, former Dutch star Gullit said: “Is it the right choice? That remains to be seen. They want to play the football he plays but it’s going to be a really terrible job.
“There’s all these ex-players in the TV studios: Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes… The team is constantly under pressure, it’s not easy.
“You know what to expect, it’s a huge task. He needs to be given the time too, but I don’t know if you’re getting the time at Manchester United.
“The former players talk all the time, you have a lot of things on your plate and you have to be able to deal with them.
“I would appreciate it if a Dutch coach could be successful there because things are not going so well in Europe.”
Gullit also questioned Rangnick’s appointment and influence at Manchester United, with the 63-year-old moving to an advisory role at Old Trafford at the end of the season despite the team’s struggles during his tenure.
“It’s strange that you appoint a temporary coach who will later help select a new manager,” Gullit added. “He’s going to be a consultant now, isn’t that weird?”
Ten Hag’s Ajax moved to the top of the Eredivisie by seven points with a 2-1 comeback win over Sparta Rotterdam on Saturday.
The 52-year-old declined to comment on speculation he will join Manchester United after the win, telling reporters: “We’re talking about the game, not rumours.”
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