Ratcliffe loves him: “Outstanding” 3-4-2-1 coach also “tempted” by Man Utd job alongside Tuchel

An “outstanding” manager is interested in becoming Manchester United’s next boss if Erik ten Hag is sacked, according to an update from journalist Ben Jacobs.

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One of the main topics of conversation in football right now is Ten Hag’s future at Old Trafford, as the Dutchman is facing mounting pressure to stay in his position. While his never-ending injuries can partially serve as an excuse, Monday’s miserable 4-0 loss to Crystal Palace on the road in the Premier League was the most recent indication that his time may be coming to an end.

A wide range of people have been suggested as the United manager’s possible successor in recent weeks, with Thomas Tuchel standing out as a formidable contender who finds United “appealing”. The German is set to depart Bayern Munich at the end of the current campaign, but given that he hasn’t won a trophy while playing for the Bundesliga’s top team, it’s possible that he’s a risk.

Two other managers who have been heavily discussed are Roberto De Zerbi and Gareth Southgate, should they leave their respective positions this summer.

After his tenure with England at Euro 2024 ends, Southgate’s mind could be turned by the United position (he has a solid rapport with the expected incoming sporting director, Dan Ashworth), while De Zerbi might decide that it’s time to enjoy a new challenge away from Brighton.

“Outstanding” manager eyeing Man Utd job 

Speaking to Give Me Sport, Jacobs claimed that Tuchel isn’t the only one fancying a move to Old Trafford, as Graham Potter would like to manage Manchester United should Ten Hag be relieved of his duties:

“I think it’s fair to say that Graham Potter would be very tempted by the Manchester United role, if he was offered an interview, should a vacancy arise. Potter was under strong consideration at one point for Nice so, historically, there is a connection there.

“The connection between Gareth Southgate and Manchester United would be presuming everything gets done with Dan Ashworth because of their time working together at the FA. But the connection between Potter and Manchester United is INEOS and the fact that he was considered for Nice.” 

Potter jumps out as an intriguing option for United, even though his stock has fallen after a doomed stint in charge of Chelsea that lasted just seven months.

Graham Potter’s managerial career Matches Points per game
Chelsea 31 1.42
Brighton 134 1.28
Swansea City 51 1.45
Ostersund 224 1.71

To be honest, the Englishman has learned this season that the Stamford Bridge position is a poisoned chalice. It would be wiser to evaluate the 48-year-old based on his incredible performance at Brighton, which was praised as “outstanding” by none other than Manchester City legend Pep Guardiola.

More fuel to the fire is the fact that Sir Jim Ratcliffe is a big “admirer” of Potter. Additionally, the fact that Ratcliffe played eye-catching possession-based football with the Seagulls, frequently in a 3-4-2-1 formation similar to Tuchel’s but with more attacking impetus, suggests that Ratcliffe could rouse United supporters from their seats once more.

 

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