New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has told Voetball International he has a ‘good feeling’ about his new job.
Ten Hag is set to take over at United at the end of the season, and has just one match remaining with Ajax.
After clinching the Eredivisie title this week, he is now talking more freely about his new job at Manchester United, having previously tried his best to avoid mentioning it, to keep his focus with Ajax.
Ten Hag says that he has been left positively convinced by his talks with the club, and believes he will have the right financial conditions to succeed.
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Ten Hag explained: “It feels like a challenge to put the club back on track of winning. The options are there, including financially. If you also get a good feeling about the people who are there, then the picture is right and then the factors are present to take this step.”
Ten Hag’s words show that if he did not feel good about the staff he will be working with at United, director of football John Murtough, and consultant Ralf Rangnick, then he would not have taken the job.
He also spoke about the interview process, how it was a careful process from both sides, and he admired the way Manchester United did their due diligence.
The Dutchman said he made sure United got the set up right for him, before he agreed to the job, and would not have done so otherwise.
Ten Hag: ‘I know United went through a very precise procedure. They’d done scouting, analysis, data, interviews with people who worked with me. Then we held multiple interviews. They didn’t rush into things. And neither did I.’ [VI]
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Ten Hag met with John Murtough in the Netherlands on Thursday, with potential assistants Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren in attendance. The Telegraph described it as a ‘transfer summit’.
It is good to see Ten Hag talk more about the upcoming task at United, fans have had to be very patient, and the end of the season is nearly here. The ‘good feeling’ is mutual.
Soon he can start getting down to business, and incomings and outgoings are already being plotted. It would not be a surprise to see United make a statement and land the first signing before the end of the month.
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