Man Utd 'blocking' Erik ten Hag from hiring preferred assistant

Manchester United have so far refused to let incoming manager Erik ten Hag pick his preferred backroom staff.

The Dutchman has agreed to leave Ajax in the summer and head for the dugout at Old Trafford, with talks still ongoing over the make-up of his backroom staff.

According to The Times, Ten Hag is keen for a reunion with Steve McClaren, with whom he worked at FC Twente earlier in his career. The former England boss knows United well, having served as an assistant under Sir Alex Ferguson between 1999 and 2001.

However, United have declined to pursue a move for McClaren, despite Ten Hag's desire to bring him in.

The Dutchman has instead been forced to look elsewhere in search of an assistant and was recently knocked back by former Twente manager Fred Rutten, who snubbed Ten Hag in favour of joining Ruud van Nistelrooy back at PSV.

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“Everyone makes his own choices in life. I have a family, grandchildren that I want to see. This type of project, I felt uncomfortable with it,” Rutten told ESPN.

“At Manchester United you get on a train and you can’t get off it. I want to feel comfortable in something you step into. That is the case with PSV.”

The expectation is that Ten Hag will bring in his current assistant at Ajax, Mitchell van der Gaag, but the boss wants more familiar faces around him and is keen for United to help him out in that regard.

Source : 90min