Erik ten Hag has ‘next job lined up’ with Man Utd ready to sack him for Gareth Southgate | Football | Sport

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag looks set to move to Germany if he’s sacked with the Dutchman reportedly having admirers in the Bundesliga as pressure continues to mount on him at Old Trafford. Wide-ranging reports suggest that INEOS may replace Ten Hag with England manager Gareth Southgate at the end of the season.

Southgate is reportedly the favourite to replace Ten Hag. The current United boss has overseen a tough second season, with the Red Devils unable to mount a Premier League title challenge despite a big-spending summer transfer window.

A failure to qualify for the Champions League or win the FA Cup could bring down the curtain on the former Ajax coach’s time in charge. Sir Jim Ratcliffe is keen to kickstart his reign with United in Europe’s elite competition.

United are hopeful of appointing Dan Ashworth as sporting director despite Newcastle placing him on a two-year gardening leave. Ashworth is a key ally of Southgate from their time working together at the Football Association.

According to the Daily Star, Ten Hag will have plenty of suitors if United do indeed end his reign a year before his contract is due to expire. Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and VFB Stuttgart are all keen on the United boss.

Bayern’s top choice to replace the departing Thomas Tuchel is Xabi Alonso, who has impressed in his first senior managerial role with Bayer Leverkusen. Alonso’s likely departure means Bayer could also be looking for a new manager and have identified Ten Hag.

Liverpool’s interest in their former midfielder Alonso means Bayern will face tough competition for the Spaniard. If they fail to land Alonso, it seems likely that Ten Hag will be offered one of Europe’s biggest jobs if he leaves United.

It is claimed that INEOS chief Sir Jim Ratcliffe will not hesitate in paying the £10m compensation package to Ten Hag if he decides he wants to sack the 54-year-old. United have been strongly linked with the appointment of Southgate.

England are expected to go deep into this summer’s Euro 2024, making a potential move for the Three Lions head coach tricky to navigate. There will be a matter of weeks between the final on July 14 and the start of pre-season for Premier League clubs.

Southgate has previously hinted that this could be his last tournament as England manager. The 53-year-old has not ruled out a return to club management in the past, having only previously managed Middlesbrough in the top-flight as a young coach.

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