Manchester United have confirmed that Erik ten Hag will take over as their new manager at the end of the season.
After months of speculation, the 52-year-old Ajax head coach will succeed Ralf Rangnick in the Old Trafford hot seat at the end of a frustrating campaign for the Red Devils.
With Rangnick moving upstairs to take on a consultancy role at the club.
Ten Hag has agreed on a contract until June 2025, with the option of a further year.
Ten Hag, who will take charge subject to being issued a visa, told United’s official website:
“It is a great honour to be appointed manager of Manchester United.
“And I am hugely excited by the challenge ahead.
“I know the history of this great club and the fans’ passion.
“And I am determined to develop a team capable of delivering their success.
“It will be difficult to leave Ajax after these incredible years. However, I can assure our fans of my complete commitment and focus on bringing this season to a successful conclusion before moving to Manchester United.”
Ten Hag has won two Eredivisie titles and the KNVB Cup twice since joining Ajax in 2017.
And will hope to bow out after securing a third league crown in the coming weeks.
With the Amsterdam giants leading second-placed PSV by four points.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils’ season hit a new low this week when Liverpool thrashed them 4-0 in the Premier League at Anfield, leaving their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League looking slim.
United will have endured five seasons without lifting a major trophy by the time Ten Hag starts work.
Erik ten Hag is happy to have “clarity” on his managerial future with Manchester United.
But insists he entirely focuses on ensuring he leaves Ajax on a high note.
On Thursday, the Dutchman was confirmed as the Premier League outfit’s next full-time manager, succeeding interim boss Ralf Rangnick on a deal through June 2025.
It ends a lengthy courtship by the Red Devils to bring Ten Hag to Old Trafford, having parted ways with previous permanent boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in late 2021.
Speaking on his appointment, 52-year-old Ten Hag professed his delight to confirm the deal.
But says he remains committed to bowing out with a third Eredivisie title in Amsterdam.
Ten Hag told Ajax’s official website:
“I’m happy that it has been finalised and that it has been officially announced. That clarity is essential.
“But I only have one interest now, and that’s these last five games.
“I want to finish my time here positively by winning the league.
“By doing so, we’ll qualify directly for the Champions League. Ajax belongs there.”
Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar – a former United player – added Ten Hag was making the journey to “one of the biggest clubs” in the sport and thanked him for his time in charge.
Van der Sar said:
“Four and a half years is reasonable, but we would have liked to have kept Erik at Ajax for longer.
“He will make the step to one of the biggest clubs in the world, in a great league.
“We owe Erik a lot of thanks for what he has achieved with Ajax so far, but we are not done yet.
“At the end of the season, I will look back more extensively on his departure.
“But, for now, what matters is the final games of the season in which we all want to bring home the league title.”
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