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Erik ten Hag’s stance on Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s meetings with Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino



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Erik ten Hag’s stance on Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe meeting with managerial targets like Thomas Tuchel has been revealed.

Ten Hag’s future at Old Trafford is on a knife edge despite having won the FA Cup final against Manchester City last month.

The United boss led the team to their worst Premier League finish ever and was knocked out of the Champions League at the group stages last term.

It has been heavily reported that new co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS team have been meeting with various managerial targets while they conduct an end-of-season review to determine whether Ten Hag should keep his job.

A meeting with Thomas Tuchel occurred last week. However, he is now out of the running for the job if the Dutchman is to be sacked.

Thomas Frank, Mauricio Pochettino and Kieran McKenna – who has since signed new terms with Ipswich Town – all have had discussions with INEOS as they assess the best move going forward.

According to a new report from the Telegraph, Ten Hag has been aware that Ratcliffe and INEOS have been talking to other managers and their representatives as part of the season-long review.

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It was importantly added that despite these talks being held with other managers, Ten Hag does not believe this has fatally undermined him. Instead, he simply wants to have the support he believes he deserves to carry on and restore the club’s fortunes.

The report also mentioned that meetings were held with the United boss before he went on holiday over potential signings and sales but no clear plan of action was decided.

Ten Hag’s frustrations do not stem from managerial meetings but from the length of the process. He is concerned that if United intend to keep him, the club is already in danger of falling behind in this summer’s market, which will impact their prospects next season.

After the FA Cup final, Ten Hag was constantly asked about the managerial situation, and it appeared to frustrate him then; clarity was needed as soon as possible.

“Two trophies in two years is not bad,” he said. “Three finals in two years is not bad. I’m not satisfied with it. We have to do better.

“If they don’t want me, then I go somewhere else to win trophies because that is what I do.”

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