Erik ten Hag arrived on a private jet, joined by Mitchell van der Gaag, who will be confirmed as one of his assistants at Old Trafford, and Steve McClaren, who is also slated to join the backroom team; the two will undertake recruitment conversations.
As he landed in London for meetings with club employees on Wednesday, Erik ten Hag’s efforts to get a head start on preparing for next season as manager of Manchester United were hastened.
The 52-year-old arrived on a private jet with Mitchell van der Gaag, who will be named as one of his assistants at Old Trafford, and Steve McClaren, who is also expected to join the backroom staff.
Ten Hag does not want to be a distraction ahead of the club’s season finale against Crystal Palace on Sunday, therefore he is not participating in matchday preparations. Ralf Rangnick remains the head coach.
Ten Hag’s eagerness to go to work and lead United to a strong start to the new season, despite not having formally begun his new position, has impressed the organization’s leadership.
It has been stated that he is “authoritative” and “clear on how to accomplish his ideas.”
Prioritized by Ten Hag were the appointments of van der Gaag and McClaren, the latter of whom served as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant at United from 1999 to 2001.
The incoming manager will have the final say on all recruitment decisions, and the club’s scouting department has undergone significant restructuring.
Ten Hag is the preferred candidate to lead Manchester United into the next era, and he must immediately address the pressing concerns at Old Trafford.
Ten Hag has withdrawn from Ajax’s postseason plans in order to take on the daunting challenge awaiting him at Old Trafford.
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