First tier journalist David Ornstein said today Manchester United will announce who their next manager will be before the end of this month.
The current boss, Ralf Rangnick, was temporarily appointed following the release of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this season, interspersed with a brief period of Michael Carrick’s supervision.
The temporary nature of the appointment is said to cause some difficulties for the club in terms of future planning as transfer deals and contract renewals drag on until the new manager’s wishes are known.
According to Ornstein, this prompted United’s management to rush the appointment and announcement, even though the new boss will not officially take over until the end of the season.
‘[United] are trying to complete the management process as soon as possible, ”said Sky Sports.
“They want to do it in the coming weeks, preferably by the end of March.
“That’s why they accelerated the process. They met with candidates, shortened their shortlist and hoped to find a candidate as soon as possible so that the next manager could be a key part of the decision-making process for building the squad for next season and beyond, as well as the transfer window that will be crucial for Manchester United in terms of incoming and outgoing.
– They will probably also have to build a new coaching team.
“Therefore, Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag, in whatever order, appeared as key candidates, and there may be several others.”
Mauricio Pochettino or Erik Ten Hag?
David Ornstein says he sees it as a two-way struggle to see who will be Manchester United’s next manager 👀 pic.twitter.com/yQHVxNi7jP
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Ornstein claims that Julien Lopetegui and Luis Enrique are among the others, although he added that he would be surprised if the work went to someone other than Ten Hag or Pochettino.
Regarding which one expects success, Ornstein said “it depends who you listen to,” noting that members of the hierarchy are believed to favor the Dutch, while Sir Alex Ferguson and the players prefer the Argentinian.
The names are the same as when the journalist last reported on the situation, but the anticipated schedule may come as a shock to many.
If Ornstein is right, United’s announcement will come in the next 11 days and in this context, Ten Hag could be seen as more likely than Pochettino. The latter could be fired by PSG at the end of the season, but it is unlikely to happen sooner.
United would therefore have to pay PSG a hefty fee to fire the current head coach at this stage. By contrast, Ten Hag would be an inexpensive acquisition.