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INEOS considering NINE Man United managers as full list revealed



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INEOS have created a nine-man shortlist should they choose to replace Erik ten Hag as Manchester United manager, according to reports.

It is no secret that Erik ten Hag‘s job is under fire at Manchester United after a poor second season overall at Old Trafford as Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS start to make big changes at United.

With the Reds crashing out of both the Champions League and Carabao Cup earlier in the campaign and falling to sixth in the Premier League, the FA Cup remains the only hope of a trophy in the coming months.

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INEOS have already appointed Omar Berrada as the club’s new CEO from the summer onwards and are looking to hire Dan Ashworth as sporting director. Many have theorised that if they are making all these changes upstairs at Old Trafford, they may also change the manager.

It has been well documented that INEOS is refusing to confirm whether Ten Hag will stay beyond this summer. According to ESPN, they have drawn up nine names that may take over should they hand the Dutchman his notice.

Gareth Southgate is first on the list, with the England manager having been touted as a firm candidate for the Old Trafford job.

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However, Southgate himself has dismissed the rumours that have emerged in the last week, explaining he feels that they are “disrespectful” to Erik ten Hag.

“I think there are two things from my point of view,” Southgate told the media on Friday evening.

“One is I’m the England manager. I’ve got one job to try and deliver a European Championship (and) before that, two important games this week (against Brazil and Belgium).

“The second thing is Manchester United have a manager. And I think it’s always completely disrespectful when there’s any speculation about a manager that’s in place. I’m president of the LMA (League Managers Association), so I don’t have any time for that sort of thing, really.”

Beyond this, the other eight names that feature are Graham Potter, Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi, Brentford’s Thomas Frank, Bayern Munich’s Thomas Tuchel, Julen Lopetegui, Zinedine Zidane, Sporting’s Ruben Amorim, and Julian Nagelsmann.

Sources have told UtdDistrict that Ten Hag retains the support of many within the club regardless of the outcome of this season and that INEOS are not leaning either way until the end of the season has been decided.