Major changes are looming for Manchester United, and the spotlight is on the managerial position, intensifying speculation.
Managing Manchester United always comes with immense pressure, and when a team loses 12 games before Christmas, especially with an impending match against Liverpool, the rumors and discussions about a managerial change kick into high gear.
Erik ten Hag has faced criticism from some fans due to questionable tactics, exacerbated by the team’s early exit from the Champions League group stages—a situation deemed a total disaster.
Amidst the uncertainties, The Sun suggests that incoming investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe is a strong admirer of former Chelsea boss Graham Potter as a potential replacement.
Providing an update on the situation, renowned football journalist Fabrizio Romano shared insights in a video on his YouTube channel.
According to Romano, Ratcliffe’s primary focus is on establishing a new board, emphasizing the importance of sporting control and managerial decisions.
Romano highlighted, “Sporting control is important, the board is important, Sir Jim Ratcliffe is taking care of this in the best way possible, the new CEO, Blanc, imminent, the new people into the board to take care of the transfer market.
The first step for Sir Jim Ratcliffe is the board, it is crucial, it is the best way to put Manchester United first immediately.”
Jean Claude-Blanc, hired by INEOS in late 2022, plays a pivotal role in reshaping Manchester United’s senior staff.
His extensive experience, including stints at Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, positions him as a top candidate and a significant upgrade.
Romano emphasized that getting the senior staff in place is a priority before any managerial decisions.
The finalization of Ratcliffe’s purchase is awaited to set these plans into motion.
Regarding Erik ten Hag’s position, Romano didn’t delve into specifics about Graham Potter but hinted that a conversation about the Manchester United manager would occur later.
He explained, “No one has told Erik ten Hag he is under threat, so this is the situation.
He [Ratcliffe] wants to see results; people on the board are the same. There is going to be a conversation with Erik ten Hag, there is going to be an exchange, and then we will see.”
Ultimately, ten Hag’s focus now must be on securing victories—an endeavor that becomes more challenging with a tough fixture list ahead to conclude 2023.