Man Utd Initiates Evaluation of Erik ten Hag’s Coaching Methods Before Deciding Future

Man Utd Initiates Evaluation of Erik ten Hag’s Coaching Methods Before Deciding Future

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will be evaluated on his strengths and weaknesses by the club’s new technical director. 

  • Man Utd evaluate Ten Hag’s future.
  • Job could be on the line.
  • Technical director tasked with auditing

What happened?

Speculation and uncertainty about Ten Hag’s future at Old Trafford are growing following Sunday’s humiliating FA Cup semi-final defeat to second-tier Coventry, as well as consistently poor league results. 

Now that Jason Wilcox, who joined from Southampton, has been appointed technical director, the Daily Telegraph reports that he will conduct a “audit” of the manager’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as his overall suitability for the job moving forward.

THE BIGGER PICTURE 

The possibility of a managerial change this summer stems from Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s investment in the club and acquisition of sporting control.

 The 71-year-old billionaire raced to Wembley Stadium on Sunday after finishing the London Marathon to witness the bizarre collapse, and the Telegraph speculates that missing out on European qualification this season could be disastrous for Ten Hag. 

Wilcox must also assess Ten Hag’s relationship with the squad, which has come under renewed scrutiny following an incident involving Alejandro Garnacho ‘liking’ critical social media posts in the aftermath of last year’s Jadon Sancho controversy. 

With the club’s new sporting hierarchy wishing to implement a unified style and philosophy, Ten Hag must be viewed as the right fit. 

His saving grace could be the lack of a clear successor.

Did you know?

Ten Hag still has just over 12 months left on the three-year contract he signed when he arrived from Ajax in the summer of 2022, which means United would most likely have to pay him compensation if he left the job sooner. 

The Dutchman’s staff, including Steve McClaren and Mitchell van der Gaag, would most likely accompany him out the door.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR TEN HAG AND MAN UTD? 

United are 16 points behind the Premier League top four with only 18 games remaining; one more win for Aston Villa would make Champions League qualification impossible. 

However, the FA Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley next month gives hope that the season will not end without a trophy. 

Victory in that game, or a fifth or sixth-place finish in the Premier League, would guarantee Europa League football the following season.

Man Utd Initiates Evaluation of Erik ten Hag’s Coaching Methods Before Deciding Future

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