“Wish I was joking” – Journalist can’t believe who INEOS want to replace Ten Hag with at Man Utd

A journalist has revealed his personal despair at who he has heard INEOS and Manchester United want to replace Erik ten Hag with this summer, should he be relieved of his duties.

Latest on Ten Hag’s Man Utd future

Even though Ten Hag’s team defeated rivals Manchester City 2-1 in the FA Cup final at Wembley last month, his future at Old Trafford is still very much up in the air.

It’s a complicated scenario as the summer transfer window approaches because Sir Jim Ratcliffe isn’t sure if he should let go of the Dutchman or hang onto him.

According to a recent update, Thomas Tuchel has decided to take a vacation from management and has no longer been considered to be the next manager of United. The German had discussions with the club before making this decision.

Mauricio Pochettino, who left Chelsea at the end of the 2023–2024 season after a dismal spell at Stamford Bridge, has also surfaced as a potential arrival this summer. He is expected to bring out the best in Rasmus Hojlund, transforming him into the Red Devils’ equivalent of Harry Kane during his Tottenham days.

Supporters have not been overly pleased with Ratcliffe’s current approach to the situation. TalkSPORT columnist Mark Goldbridge called the club’s move to communicate with the representatives of other managers “embarrassing” at a time when Ten Hag is still very much in command.

Journalist despairs at Man Utd manager news

Writing on X, journalist Phil Brown claimed that INEOS want Gareth Southgate to be Manchester United’s next manager, which is a decision that he clearly would be unhappy with: “I wish I was joking but I’ve asked a number of people I trust and they’re all telling me INEOS want Southgate.”

The selection of Southgate would undoubtedly cause division among United’s supporters, particularly in light of the rumoured consideration of more experienced players as options.

Although the 53-year-old has managed England admirably, leading the Three Lions to the final of the 2020 European Championship and the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, there is still a sense that other managers could have extracted more from a very talented team that includes players like Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, and Kane.

Not only that, but managing internationally is very different to being in charge of a club side, especially arguably the biggest team in the world in United. Southgate managed Middlesbrough between 2006 and 2009, but otherwise has no experience in the club game, which raises alarm bells.

Gareth Southgate’s managerial career

Matches Points per game
England 95 2.08
England Under-21s 33 2.55
Middlesbrough 151 1.21
It looks as though Ratcliffe rates Southgate highly, seeing him as a front-runner, but bringing him in would be a massive risk at a time when United simply must nail their next appointment. That’s assuming Ten Hag is sacked, of course, and the fact that he is still in charge amid these stories is not a good look for the club.bb

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