Sources have revealed that Sir Jim Ratcliffe is planning to remove Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, from his position and appoint Brighton’s manager, Roberto De Zerbi, to take over the helm, as part of INEOS’s football operations at Old Trafford.
INEOS’s purchase of a 25 percent stake in the club is viewed as a step towards a phased takeover.
The decision to dismiss Ten Hag has reportedly been made, irrespective of future match results, including their upcoming game against Fulham on November 4th.
The INEOS leadership is eager for De Zerbi, a 44-year-old manager at Brighton, to step into the role.
Whoever replaces Ten Hag will be tasked with a comprehensive overhaul of the club’s playing style after a poor start to the 2023-24 season.
While initial reports suggesting high-ranking officials were exploring managerial alternatives were denied by United sources, it appears that Ratcliffe and INEOS have different plans, including a complete restructuring of the coaching setup at Old Trafford.
Recent revelations indicate that Manchester United would incur a cost exceeding £15 million if they decide to terminate Ten Hag’s contract this season.
United currently occupies the eighth position in the Premier League, with five wins and five losses in their first ten league games.
Despite their Premier League struggles, the Red Devils remain in contention in the Champions League following a 1-0 victory against FC Copenhagen at Old Trafford on October 24th.
In contrast, De Zerbi has achieved remarkable success with Brighton, leading them to their first-ever Europa League qualification last season and guiding them to seventh place in the Premier League this season since his appointment in September 2022.