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Sir Dave Brailsford suffers blow as Man United lose “potential” figure for key role



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Sir Dave Brailsford suffered a blow when Eric Ramsay decided to leave Manchester United, with new information detailing how much the INEOS chief rated the new manager.

Ramsay, 32, joined United from Chelsea in 2021 to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s set-piece coach, and he quickly assumed a more important role under Erik ten Hag.

Alongside Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren, the young coach helped lead and plan the first-team training sessions at Carrington.

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His exit was not entirely surprising since several clubs had already attempted to pry him away from his coaching role at United.

Eventually, it was Minnesota United who convinced Ramsay to become the youngest manager in MLS history.

INEOS want a young but established coach after Ramsay’s exit

It was confirmed by United that Ramsay’s role would not be replaced until the end of the season. Fresh information has explained that INEOS are eager for a “reshuffle” of the coaching staff even if Ten Hag remains in his managerial role next term.

The Athletic detailed that Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS advocate bringing in a young yet established British coach to supplement the group. Ten Hag is firmly of the opinion that a coach’s nationality is not relevant.

However, the report added that Sir Dave Brailsford, who has been conducting a detailed audit of the club as INEOS Director of Sport, saw Ramsay have the potential to fulfil such a role.

In a club where many exits are anticipated and needed, it would have been a blow for INEOS to see Ramsay, who could’ve grown into a more important role, leave the club.

Ramsay speaks on INEOS regime

Speaking on the new regime at Old Trafford after his move, Ramsay said: “I think you’ve got some phenomenally bright people now attached to the club, through the likes of Dave Brailsford and the people that they will inevitably bring in to wrap around the existing structure.

“So, I do think all the ingredients are there for the club to really move on to the next level.

“I said this to the Ineos guys as I was leaving, I’m loathed in some senses (to go) because I think I was probably a nice fit for the way in which they wanted to go about things.

“I felt like it would take a lot from them and their way of working.

“But, personally, I felt like this opportunity from my individual perspective was one that I couldn’t turn down in spite of all that positivity around the club.”