Sir Jim Ratcliffe is set to purchase a 25% stake in Manchester United and gain “sporting control” of Erik ten Hag’s club.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, owner of chemical giants INEOS and French club Nice, is now set to purchase 25% of Erik ten Hag‘s club, with the view of completing a full takeover of the club across the next few years.
It is news that has received mixed reactions from the United fan base, with many angry that the move will see the Glazer family continue to maintain full control – however, it has been reported that with his new 25% stake, Ratcliffe will also gain ‘sporting control’ of the club.
While Erik ten Hag’s position is not under any threat, this will mean that Ratcliffe would be in control of the actual sporting matters of the club, with the British Billionaire set to take a 100-day review of the club’s current structure and assess what needs to be changed.
On the field, there is one glaring issue – the defensive line. With Ratcliffe the owner of Nice, many have drawn an immediate link that it could smooth the sailing of French centre-back Jean Claude-Todibo to United, who has previously been a target.
There have also been reports that claim Ratcliffe is considering bringing Paul Mitchell to the club as a sporting director. Mitchell has seen previous success in the role for both Tottenham Hotspur and AS Monaco.
Ratcliffe’s 25% stake is set to be ratified in the coming days as key figures in the club meet to vote on the deal, which is expected to be no more than a formality.
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