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Erik ten Hag ready to work with INEOS for Manchester United’s benefit

Erik ten Hag expresses confidence that the incoming minority owners, INEOS, are interested in collaborating with him, despite acknowledging that he hasn’t had a conversation with Manchester United’s new head of football operations.

On Christmas Eve, Manchester United revealed a deal had been finalized for Sir Jim Ratcliffe to acquire a 25% stake in the Premier League club. INEOS is set to oversee United’s football operations as part of the agreement, a process expected to take four to six weeks for regulatory approval.

Ten Hag mentions that he plans to communicate with the new minority owners in the near future.

“The schedule is so condensed so I didn’t have the time so far to speak with them, but it will come and I look forward (to it),” the United boss said.

“They want to work with me, I want to work with them. We will have the conversations, the meetings, so we will see.”

Ten Hag thinks INEOS presence at games would be a ‘good thing’

Asked if he is expecting INEOS to be a regular presence at United’s Carrington training base, Ten Hag said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Nottingham Forest: “I’m focused on the game so far.

“So, I said, no, in this moment I don’t want to have distractions but in the coming days, weeks, there will be time for this and then I know more.

“But I think it’s a good thing, it’s very positive and, as I said, we are looking really forward to work together.

“INEOS wants to work with me, in this structure, and I want to work with them.”

The filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission outlines a provision in the deal ensuring that INEOS will be consulted on football-related matters at United during the interim period.

This encompasses decisions such as “appointing, dismissing, or accepting the resignation of any director of football or first team manager of the company,” as well as engaging in or continuing discussions regarding the acquisition or sale of any player.

“We always want to win and it doesn’t matter who is in the lead (of the club),” Ten Hag said.

“We are appointed here to win, so in this area we need a winning culture no matter who is in the lead, no matter who is the owner. But, of course, the owners can inspire you.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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