Ratcliffe already decided on Ten Hag sack, with two massive Man Utd changes coming

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s impending takeover of a 25 percent stake in Manchester United brings with it anticipated changes at the club.

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While the partial takeover is expected to be completed by the end of November at the latest, the British businessman will wield full control over sporting matters, including decisions regarding the manager, board, directors, and all sporting activities.

In the wake of Manchester United’s recent struggles and the uncertainty surrounding manager Erik ten Hag, there has been considerable speculation about his future.

However, as reported by the i newspaper, Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s decision appears to be made, and Erik ten Hag is expected to retain his position.

Ratcliffe’s faith in the Dutchman seems unwavering, and it’s unlikely that he will be sacked. Nevertheless, significant changes are on the horizon, which will redefine the roles and responsibilities within the club.

One of the planned changes is the implementation of a full audit of the club to evaluate its operations thoroughly and determine what is working and what isn’t.

However, one change is already in progress: player recruitment will be taken out of Ten Hag’s hands.

Erik ten Hag’s player recruitment strategy, which often favored players he had managed previously or those from the Eredivisie, has yielded limited rewards.

Consequently, player recruitment will be entrusted to experts, allowing Ten Hag to focus on coaching the team.

As for who will lead this new recruitment strategy, Paul Mitchell, a former Monaco chief, is mentioned as a leading candidate for the role of sporting director at Old Trafford.

Mitchell is well-acquainted with Ratcliffe, having moved in the same circles during their time at Monaco. Ratcliffe’s interest in Mitchell and the potential for their collaboration at Manchester United appear promising.

While these changes signify a shift in responsibilities within the club, it’s emphasized that Ten Hag will not be dismissed as the manager.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe believes that a mid-season sacking would send the wrong message, considering Ten Hag’s achievements, which include winning the EFL Cup and securing Champions League qualification in the previous season.

Ratcliffe is also keen to avoid the costly and tumultuous revolving door of managers that Chelsea has experienced since 2022, where significant investments in new recruits haven’t translated into title contention.

The desire is for a more stable and strategic approach to bring sustained success to Manchester United.

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