Now that it is known that Erik ten Hag will almost certainly be the new manager of Manchester United, speculation about his succession can begin. Marco van Basten joined on Wednesday evening Ziggo Sports asked about the vacant trainer position and mentioned two names. In the eyes of the analyst, Peter Bosz and Arne Slot are suitable candidates, although the choice for the latter is somewhat sensitive, Van Basten also knows.
ESPN came with the news on Wednesday evening that Ten Hag and United are almost finalized about a multi-year contract. Ajax’s trainer is preferred over Mauricio Pochettino, who was also high on the shortlist. “Ten Hag has been very successful at Go Ahead Eagles, FC Utrecht and Ajax. That says something,” said Van Basten. “I think he would do well at Manchester United. I am sorry, because I would rather have Dutch football helped than English football. We are already losing so much from the Netherlands. The competition is already being milked out and smaller. is a pity.”
When asked who should serve as successor to Ten Hag, Van Basten comes up with two names. “They have my number,” he says jokingly at first. “That is a difficult question. Peter Bosz now comes to mind. But he is in France. And I think the trainer of Feyenoord (Arne Slot, ed.) is a good trainer. But that doesn’t seem like a good story to me,” says Van basts. “Purely substantively that could work, but he is just a trainer of Feyenoord and he wants to stay that way”, presenter Wytse van der Goot then hooks in. Van Basten: “That’s why. So actually we shouldn’t mention him at all.”
Bosz is currently at the helm of Olympique Lyon. The Dutchman occupies a disappointing ninth place in Ligue 1, but is in the quarterfinals of the Europa League. West Ham United are the opponent in this. It was recently announced that Bosz is one of the highest paid trainers in the French league. The 58-year-old coach earns 250,000 euros per month. This makes him the fourth highest paid coach in the French league. Slot is in his first season with Feyenoord, where he makes an excellent impression with a third place in the Eredivisie and a place in the quarterfinals of the Conference League.
Ten Hag had a positive conversation with Manchester United last week about his ideas and plans, but also about the possible budget and ambitions of the club. The 52-year-old trainer has now, according to ESPN was preferred over Pochettino, among others. Julen Lopetegui (Seville) and Luis Enrique (Spain national coach) were also explicitly mentioned. Ten Hag is the second Dutchman after Louis van Gaal to be given responsibility at Old Trafford. The English superpower said goodbye to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November last year and will be led for the remainder of the season by interim pope Ralf Rangnick.