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INEOS and Erik ten Hag hold discussions over Man United coaching ‘reshuffle’, there are two disagreements



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INEOS leaders and Erik ten Hag have been holding conversations over a potential “reshuffle” of the Dutchman’s coaching staff at Manchester United.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sir Dave Brailsford were both in the stands at Stamford Bridge as Erik ten Hag’s side lost 4-3 against Chelsea on Thursday evening.

Whilst Ten Hag’s side were defeated once again, the latest reports coming out have suggested that the Dutchman’s future at Old Trafford is safe under INEOS.

Laurie Whitwell of The Athletic has explained that the United boss is willing to relinquish control under the new regime, which is something that was reportedly a sticking point for Ten Hag beforehand.

However, if Ten Hag does remain in his role under Ratcliffe and co, it seems like a change to his backroom staff will be made.

Whitwell has further reported that there have been internal conversations centred on whether a reshuffle of Ten Hag’s coaching staff is required, including the addition of a new voice at assistant level. 

Currently, Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren are the two assistant coaches at Old Trafford. Eric Ramsay also had an important role before his departure last month to become the head coach at MLS club Minnesota United.

Van der Gaag is said to represent a similar personality to Ten Hag, who he joined United from Ajax alongside, and the manager is loyal to him, believing that he’s an integral part of his staff.

However, INEOS would advocate a young, yet established, British coach to supplement the group, according to the report.

Ten Hag is also firmly of the opinion that a coach’s nationality is not relevant. Ramsay was seen by Sir Dave Brailsford as having the potential to assume that kind of role before his departure.

Further away from the pitch, both Dan Ashworth and Jason Wilcox are expected to join the club when negotiations for their exits are complete.