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53-year-old named as ‘outsider’ for Man United manager’s job if Ten Hag is sacked, hasn’t had club job in 15 years: report

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England manager Gareth Southgate is viewed as a potential option for the Man United job, if the club decide to move on from Erik ten Hag.

INEOS are now in charge of footballing operations at Manchester United. Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sir Dave Brailsford are not afraid of making wholesale changes to the structure of the club – and personnel within that system.

Erik ten Hag is not an INEOS man. He was picked by the Glazer family. Hence, you feel it’d be relatively easy for Ratcliffe and Brailsford to let the Dutchman leave. Particularly if you look purely at the Premier League table right now…

As things stand, I’d give Ten Hag a 50/50 chance at remaining as United boss. It would rely upon a strong end to the campaign and a decent FA Cup run. He hasn’t had it easy this season, largely due to wholesale injuries and off-field issues persisting. That could work in his favour.

However, according to ESPN, there’s a few names on the list of potential replacements. Roberto de Zerbi is the obvious candidate right now. While Brentford’s Thomas Frank represents a long shot option.

The third name fills me with the most intrigue; Gareth Southgate. According to ESPN’s sources, the 53-year-old has been named as an ‘outsider’ for the United manager’s job if Ten Hag is let go. That’s despite the fact the Englishman hasn’t had a club job in fifteen years.

Back in 2009, Southgate was let go by Middlesbrough. He’d then have to wait for his next shot in management, taking on the England job under shock circumstances following Sam Allardyce’s brief spell in charge.

Southgate has done pretty well for England, restoring belief in the national team and taking them to a European Championship final. However, it feels like over the last year or two, the Three Lions have gone backwards due to Southgate’s dull style of football…

I’m personally not sure he’s the right fit for United. I actually think he’s a better international manager than at club level, too. For me, this would be a hard pass, but I do understand why United have at least looked at the possibility of bringing him in.

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