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The reason Man Utd ended Thomas Tuchel talks as Dan Ashworth lines up ‘yes manager’


Manchester United broke off talks with Thomas Tuchel due to concerns the German would pose problems for the new football structure in place at Old Trafford.

After leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season, Tuchel became a free agent and was being considered as a replacement for Erik ten Hag in the event that United decided not to sign the Dutchman.

Since the conclusion of Manchester United’s season last month, his position has being evaluated, and a definitive decision is anticipated this week.

Tuchel has held meetings with United executives in recent weeks, and last Tuesday he met with Sir Jim Ratcliffe in Monaco.

However, the former Chelsea manager is no longer a candidate for the position.

According to ESPN, the disintegration was caused by worries that Tuchel would not be the “perfect fit” for United’s new organisational design, which has undergone changes since Ratcliffe and INEOS finished their minority ownership in February.

Dan Ashworth will take over as sporting director, and Jason Wilcox has already joined the team as technical director.


According to the report, Ashworth would rather to have a “yes manager” in place in the event that ten Hag leaves than a head coach who will disagree with United’s recruitment department on important team choices.

Talks between Tuchel and United were said to have ended ‘mutually’.

Tuchel had been considered one of the leading contenders to replace ten Hag, along with former United coach Kieran McKenna.

The 38-year-old, who was also considered for the Chelsea job, has since signed a new long-term contract with Ipswich Town after guiding the club back to the Premier League.

In addition, Mauricio Pochettino, who left Chelsea last month, and the representatives of Thomas Frank and Roberto De Zerbi have had discussions with United.

Before ten Hag arrived at United in 2022, Pochettino was seriously considered for the position, since the Argentine was keen to return to management this summer.

Asked about his future after managing the World XI in the Soccer Aid charity match against England, Pochettino told talkSPORT: ‘I have full energy and I think we [Chelsea] finished really well.

‘Now we just wait and see what happens. In football you never know, things can happen – today, nothing but tomorrow can appear and any opportunity, we are open to listen.’



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