The pressure on Erik ten Hag at Manchester United is steadily mounting, and an available replacement could come at no financial cost to the club.
Ten Hag had a promising first season in charge, clinching the Carabao Cup and earning a spot in the Champions League.
As they entered the 2023/2024 season, the expectations were high, with significant summer investments suggesting that United would challenge teams like Manchester City and Arsenal.
Regrettably, the Old Trafford outfit has struggled thus far, only amassing 15 points from their first 10 league matches.
The pressure on Ten Hag to deliver improved results intensified after their recent Carabao Cup defeat to Newcastle United.
In recent days, the odds of Ten Hag’s dismissal have dropped, and a list of potential candidates has emerged, including Graham Potter, who is currently without a managerial position after being let go by Chelsea in April.
Potter is a frontrunner due in part to the impending investment by British billionaire and INEOS boss, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, in Manchester United.
In May, reports indicated that Ratcliffe had set his sights on Potter for the managerial role at French Ligue 1 side Nice.
Since departing from Chelsea, Potter’s name has surfaced in connection with positions at Leicester and the Swedish national team.
According to The Mirror, should United opt to part ways with Ten Hag, it could potentially incur a £15 million cost.
Following the loss to Newcastle, Ten Hag acknowledged the subpar performance, stating, “We are aware that this is not up to our standards. We need to take responsibility for it, and I need to take responsibility for it.
We have not delivered the performance, and I feel for the fans. It falls short of our expectations, and we must rectify it.”
“We must recover from this quickly. Our next game is on Saturday against Fulham, and we must raise our standards. This level of performance is simply not acceptable.”