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Sir Jim Ratcliffe was asked why he kept Erik ten Hag at Manchester United during new interview

Sir Jim Ratcliffe was asked why he kept Erik ten Hag at Manchester United during new interview

Jim Ratcliffe, a co-owner of Manchester United, has provided an explanation for the choice to retain Erik ten Hag as first team manager.

After an end-of-season review, it was finally determined two and a half weeks after United’s FA Cup final victory against Manchester City that Ten Hag would stay in command at Old Trafford.

After the team’s worst-ever Premier League result in eighth place, the Dutchman was the subject of intense scrutiny.

Consequently, it has been reported that INEOS, the owners of United, have discussed the possibility of replacing Ten Hag with a number of managers, including Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel.

Ratcliffe was questioned about this issue during his speech at The Times CEO Summit this week, but it was ultimately determined that all parties preferred for his tenure to continue.

When questioned about why he continued to have faith in Ten Hag, the British billionaire responded, “Erik? since he is an effective coach. He was an expert at Ajax. In reality, he was at Bayern Munich.”

Then, as another inquiry was directed at Ratcliffe, he was interrupted midsentence. The interviewer questioned, “Does Manchester United’s success stem from the choice of coach?”

“The average person likes to believe that the coach is everything and that everything revolves around the coach, and maybe that was the case during Alex Ferguson’s tenure,” Ratcliffe retorted.

However, if you look back over those 11 seasons at Manchester United, you’ll see that we’ve had a number of coaches, some of whom were excellent; in fact, we’ve probably had seven, and none of them have been at all successful.

“You cannot advise the coach on how to solve the core issue. It’s the setting in which they operate. We are focusing our efforts there on the management, procedures, personnel quality, and other issues that need to be addressed at Manchester United, just like we would in any other business.

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