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New boss Erik ten Hag ‘well received’ at Manchester United, as he axes backroom quartet

Erik ten Hag, new Man Utd manager, told to target West Ham forward. Photo shows Ten Hag speaks to the media during his spell as Ajax boss

Erik ten Hag is under pressure at Manchester United

New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is already making waves at Old Trafford after making a reportedly big first impression at the club.

The Dutch boss is in situ in the United hot-seat after flying into London last week. He met up with United officials at their Mayfair office before taking in United’s final-day defeat at Crystal Palace.

Ten Hag has held several meetings with the United hierarchy and plans are already afoot to improve the club.

Director of football John Murtough says that United can expect “clarity and confidence” for next season and beyond. And Ten Hag has already “showed passion, energy and enthusiasm for the challenge,” Murtough told a meeting of the club’s Fans’ Forum.

Ten Hag cut short his Ajax contract to take up the position at United. He was scheduled to go on Ajax’s post-season tour, but instead he decided to start work in Manchester. His official start date though was Monday, May 23.

And it’s that commitment that has made a big first impression at Manchester United.

Norwegian outlet Dagbladet TV claim that the 52-year-old is already giving off the right vibes.

Ten Hag, who recently wrapped his his third Eredivisie title, has “set the standard” by joining early and “has been well received by people in the club”.

The former Utrecht boss has already installed his mantra and message “that people must work hard and not least together”.

Monday’s first media call also gave fans their first real insight into the mindset of the Dutchman.

He revealed his first-team plan is in place and now he is set to deliver it to the players and his staff.

“Our plan is huge and we only have a short time [to be able to explain it now]. Of course, we will first roll it out to the staff and then we will roll it out to the players and you will see,” said ten Hag.

Ten Hag is still working through his backroom team.


Steve McClaren andMitchell van der Gaag have arrived as his assistants, but the rest of his team has yet to be finalised.

Erik ten Hag to wield axe

“What we are now doing is first constructing the staff, constructing the squad and constructing a good plan. First it’s the pre-season plan that we are now working on,” he told the press.

The Manchester Evening News reports that four coaches are set to be moved on from Old Trafford. And one of those is the experienced Mike Phelan.

The Daily Mail also claims Phelan will not be in the dugout alongside Ten Hag.

As well as Phelan, assistant coach Chris Armas, analyst Ewan Sharp and sports psychologist Sascha Lense are all expected to go.

The trio arrived in December and were part of Ralf Rangnick’s backroom team.

McClaren and van der Gaag’s arrivals have effectively made the 59-year-old redundant.

The former United midfielder was a coach under Sir Alex Ferguson from 2001 to 2008. He then rejoined the club when Jose Mourinho left in 2018.

Goalkeeper coach Richard Hartis and set-piece coach Eric Ramsay are expected to stay on.