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‘He deserves it’: Director admits he won’t stop Ten Hag target’s Man United move

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This summer was always likely to be one of considerable change at Manchester United.

But, still, the sheer speed with which Ineos have overhauled the backroom staff may have taken even the most optimistic Red Devils supporter by surprise.

Dan Ashworth’s arrival was months in the making – the former Newcastle chief finally confirmed as Manchester United’s sporting director on Monday – but the imminent appointment of recruitment expert Christopher Vivell, in contrast, came right out of the blue.

With Ashworth joining Jason Wilcox, Jean-Claude Blanc and Omar Berrada – and with ex-Red Bull talentspotter Vivell set to follow – Man United will finally have football people making the football decisions.

A stark contrast from the Glazer era when bankers and businessman were all to happy to prioritise off-the-field financial gains over on-the-pitch success.

Read more: Christopher Vivell players scouted, top five finds by Man United’s latest hire

Ineos’ next move appears to revolve around strengthening Erik ten Hag’s hand with two assistant coaches known and respected by the United boss.

NIJMEGEN - Go Ahead Eagles coach Rene Hake during the semi-final play-offs for European football between NEC and Go Ahead Eagles in De Goffert on M...

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Rene Hake closing in on Manchester United move

Fabrizio Romano, via X, reports that ‘formal documents’ are being prepared to bring in Rene Hake and Red Devils legend Ruud van Nistelrooy.

🔴↪️ Ruud van Nistelrooy and René Hake will be part of new coaching staff at Manchester United, formal documents being prepared.

Erik ten Hag will also sign new deal soon as part of Man United plans. ✍🏻🇳🇱

Exclusive story, confirmed. ⤵️ https://t.co/SehzCrndvs

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 1, 2024

Van Nistelrooy is currently out of work having left PSV Eindhoven back in 2023. Hake, however, is currently under contract at Go Ahead Eagles.

Though not for long, it seems. Go Ahead technical director Paul Bosvelt insists that the Eredivisie overachievers will not stand in the 52-year-old’s way.

“It has been going on for a week and a half now and we would like some clarity,” former Man City midfielder Bosvelt told Voetbal International after Hake lost out to PSV’s Peter Bosz for the Rinus Michel’s Award given annually to the Eredivisie’s finest head coach.

“This is a step that we do not want to take away from Rene. He deserves it very much.”

Bosvelt, via Voetbal Primeur, also confirms that Hake has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for ‘a few hundred thousand’. 

A reunion with Erik ten Hag awaits at Old Trafford

The man himself also opened up on those Man United talks for the first time on Wednesday.

Hake confirms that Ten Hag played a major role in convincing him to walk away from Go Ahead Eagles. The two Dutchman worked together at FC Twente nearly two decades ago and now look set for an Old Trafford reunion.

“Erik called me and asked if I was open to it,” Hake tells ESPN. “I don’t think I have to explain that I didn’t have to think about it for very long before saying yes.

“It’s a great step for me and a great challenge. It’s great to gain experience in the biggest competition in the world.

“I have received many congratulations, but they are not yet fully justified. It is in the offing, but it is not yet officially completed. We are waiting until everything is formally completed.

“You know that all the legal matters have to be checked. You just have to be patient, but it can’t go fast enough for me.”

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