Manchester United board reject Erik Ten Hag’s first request as manager

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 02: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Head coach Erik ten Hag of Ajax Amsterdam watches before the Eredivisie match between Ajax and PSV at Johan Cruyff Arena on February 2, 2020 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by TF Images/Getty Images)

Manchester United board have shown “resistance” to Erik Ten Hag’s proposal to appoint Steve McClaren as his assistant manager at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman was announced this morning as United’s new boss on an initial three-year deal, although United have the option to extend it for a further 12 months.

Ten Hag wants to bring his existing coaching setup at Ajax to United, but he also wants someone with knowledge of the club in his back room.

McClaren worked under Sir Alex Ferguson for two years between 1999 and 2001 and helped United to three league titles and the treble in his debut season.

FC Twente coach Erik ten Hag talks to coach Steve McClaren on the bench

McClaren and Ten Hag at FC Twente (Credits: PA)

Ten Hag was his assistant at FC Twente, where McClaren credits the manager with helping him win the Eridivisie title in his second season.

However, the Telegraph says United’s board has shown “resistance” to the idea and there is uncertainty as to whether Ten Hag will prevail.

United board want Ten Hag to analyze the club’s existing staff before making a decision to bring McClaren to Old Trafford.

The likes of Mike Phelan, Darren Fletcher, Chris Armas and Eric Ramsay are already at the club while there are doubts as to what role Ralf Rangnick will take on next season.

United’s board is expected to have to give in to Ten Hag’s demands to appoint McClaren or they risk undermining his project from the start.

The Dutchman wants to take Ajax coach Mitchell van der Gaag with him to Old Trafford.

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Manchester United Manchester United board reject Erik Ten Hag's first request as manager

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