INEOS want manager Roy Keane called ‘brilliant’ to replace Erik ten Hag, but there’s a problem – journalist

Three days have passed since Manchester United’s FA Cup final victory and the club is yet to decide on Erik ten Hag’s future.

The Dutchman won his second trophy at Manchester United and pulled off an unexpected 2-1 victory over Manchester City at Wembley.

Even if Saturday’s journey to London was unforgettable, United is already considering their choices in advance of this week’s end-of-season assessment.

The representatives of former Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino and Brentford manager Thomas Frank are said to have had discussions with the Red Devils.

However, Miguel Delaney of The Independent asserts that he has “repeatedly heard” that England manager Gareth Southgate is INEOS’s top choice.

Southgate is Man United’s preferred choice to replace Ten Hag

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Back Pages Podcast, Delaney claimed that United want to hire Southgate ‘more than anyone else’.

But with the Englishman set to head to the Euros this summer, it’s a ‘very difficult’ move to make.

“As regards to INEOS’ decision, obviously it is complicated by the FA Cup final win, as well as the sentiment of the fans and I think another complication is the market,” the journalist said.

“From what I’ve repeatedly heard, the figure they wanted more than anyone else is Southgate, or certainly some of the key figures in INEOS want Southgate, but that’s obviously very difficult this summer.

“So that again lends another layer to this, but it’s interesting if they do, I think it would go against what INEOS are supposed to bring to the club from the football department, if they were guided by the FA Cup Final, because all of this is supposed to be very kind of cold-headed, sophisticated approaches where you look to the long term, and not be guided by emotion in that way. If they did stick with him, it would kind of remind me of giving Solskjaer the job in 2019.”

What Roy Keane has said about Southgate

United supporters’ opinions would probably diverge after Southgate arrived. In the last few years, he hasn’t exactly been the most well-liked figure in England and has been under heavy criticism.

Nevertheless, United great Roy Keane, who once called the England manager a “brilliant manager,” is one among his admirers.

“Brilliant, a really top man,” Keane said. “I think we actually beat him with Sunderland at Middlesbrough and he was great after the game. A classy guy and top man, considering we a had a difficult start..”

“He’s just a quality guy, you can’t begrudge Gareth any success. The way he has done it, working with the under-21s, nearly 100 international matches at both levels.

“I’ve got loads of time for Gareth, as a player we had battles, but managing and then working with him, having some good chats and some late nights, he’s a brilliant guy.”

Euro 2024 complicates United’s Southgate interest

With Southgate set to lead England out at this summer’s Euros in Germany, it’s difficult to see him landing at United.

If he leads the Three Lions to the championship game, he will be busy at the tournament through July 14.

If United decides to switch managers, they probably want the prospective new manager to be in charge for the entire preseason.

Furthermore, it doesn’t seem likely that the team could make such an announcement when Southgate is attempting to win a significant trophy in what may be his final competition as manager.


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