Erik ten Hag urged to clarify Manchester United move amid Ajax concerns

Erik ten Hag has been urged to tell the truth over his upcoming move to Manchester United, amid claims from The Telegraph, that he could be confirmed within the next 24 hours.

Ten Hag is reported to have agreed to become Manchester United manager next season, The Guardian reports.

The move has not yet been officially announced, and now there are concerns that Ajax’s Eredivisie charge could be impacted by the uncertainty.

This comes in the wake of Ajax losing the KNVB Cup final 2-1 to PSV Eindhoven last weekend.

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Ten Hag urged to clarify future

Former Dutch international footballer and ex-Schalke, PSV and Stuttgart manager Huub Stevens has urged Ten Hag to be open and honest about what is going on.

Speaking to the Algemeen Dagblad, Stevens said: “Until you provide clarity, something will remain dormant within the club. I don’t know how Ajax is doing internally, but it is now clear that Ten Hag is going.

“You have to grab the moment that as a coach you first inform your players and that in England at the same time United players are informed of the arrival of the new coach. I think that would have already worked. 

“Just clarify. I think a group would even respect that when that happens, rather than having to hear everything from the press. Just when players feel that something is being concealed, they become restless. The longer you wait, the more unrest.”

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Stevens’ comments make a lot of sense. Clarity and clear messaging would probably help Ajax out, although it is possible Ten Hag has already spoken to his squad privately and urged his plans to remain as private as possible before officially confirmed, even if they are the worst kept secret in European football by this stage.

Ajax’s competitors PSV Eindhoven are in a similar situation , and they have already confirmed the departure of manager Roger Schmidt, and his replacement for next season Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Ten Hag’s side are currently five games clear at the top of the Eredivisie with five games to go. Their fate is in their own hands, and by clarifying is future, the boss is being urged to take control.

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