Erik ten Hag is in Ajax with his thoughts, but in the background some things are being prepared for the transition to Manchester United. One of the highlights of the British quality newspaper The Times is the language barrier. It seems that Ten Hag is already busy with English lessons.
The Times reports that Ten Hag must first raise morale at Old Trafford, according to the newspaper, the atmosphere is not too good. This can be explained by the fact that Manchester United is having a bad season and there is a lot of unrest in the background.
Target purchases must be made in consultation with the club management. Ten Hagi has a say, perhaps a little more than he is used to in Ajax, because he will be the manager of England. In general, they have a lot to say. Ten Hag can show who it wants, as well as “veto” transfers and thus stop them. Scouts have that right, though. The Times calls Antony, Jurriën Timber and Matthijs de Ligt potential targets, and it is unclear if they are in the picture.
Mitchell van der Gaag is pictured as an assistant to Ten Hagi. Steve McClaren was also mentioned, but the former coach of FC Twente seemed to have been asked for more advice than the fact that he was actually in the picture for some place. Robin van Persie is also mentioned, although his possible arrival is prevented by a work permit.
Language and purpose
Ten Hag needs people who speak Dutch and English. His language skills are improving – he practices a lot and takes extra lessons – but he is not fluent. It will come over time, but the bilingual assistant will help him get his message across to the players.
When Ten Hag finishes in his top four in his first season, he’s done well, according to The Times. Manchester United are very keen to reach the Champions League. If these two seasons fail, the club will have to pay a € 25 million fine to sponsor Adidas.
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