Manchester United managerial candidate Mauricio Pochettino was caught unaware by Erik ten Hag’s appointment, in keeping with stories.
Ten Hag was confirmed as the membership’s new supervisor on Thursday morning after agreeing to a three-year take care of the choice of a further year and can take cost on the finish of the season.
Before his appointment, the Dutchman had been battling Pochettino for the emptiness at Old Trafford with the pair showing to be the 2 main candidates.
Mauricio Pochettino was caught unaware by Erik ten Hag’s appointment as Man United boss
However, Pochettino had not been knowledgeable by the membership that Ten Hag had emerged as United’s precedence goal and was caught by shock, in keeping with The Athletic.
United had deliberate reportedly to name Pochettino to tell him straight that he had missed out on the job earlier than the announcement got here. The timing of the information was ‘awkward’ as Pochettino had felt ‘assured’.
As late as this month, the PSG boss’s representatives apparently had held discussions with Matt Judge over potential contract particulars.
The Dutchman was confirmed as the Red Devils’ new supervisor on Thursday morning
United had meant to name Pochettino to tell him he had missed out to Ten Hag
Two months earlier than Ten Hag’s appointment, the Argentine is claimed to have been gathering details about Manchester as a metropolis, the structure of the membership and the character of United gamers.
The Athletic claimed Pochettino felt assured of getting a proposal after constructing a relationship with the membership relationship again to 2018 when he first met Ed Woodward.
Meanwhile, Sportsmail reported in February that almost all of the United squad most well-liked Pochettino over the Ajax boss.
United by no means made contact with Paris Saint-Germain over the manager’s potential departure
But United by no means made contact with PSG over Pochettino’s potential departure from the Ligue 1 membership.
The former Tottenham manager’s interview with United reportedly passed off over Zoom and didn’t go as effectively as Ten Hag’s
The Argentine is claimed to have revealed what number of gamers he was prepared to launch from Old Trafford and spoke about how a lot it could value to overtake the squad.
PSG had been stated to be demanding a considerable launch payment, regardless of trying prone to sack the supervisor anyway, in comparison with Ajax who’re prepared to let Ten Hag go away for round £2million.
PSG (pictured president Nasser Al-Khelaifi) demanding a considerable launch payment for Pochettino
The French facet had been initially regarded as demanding near £10m in compensation for the potential lack of their supervisor however following their Champions League demise to Real Madrid, their resolve softened and are believed to accept £5m.
PSG had been conscious they might save money by letting Pochettino go away quite than paying value of sacking him – estimated by L’Equipe to be £17m.
However, neither the French giants or United wished to make the primary transfer on the threat of giving the higher hand, whereas Pochettino felt he couldn’t push for the transfer as he would discover himself in a weaker position when it got here to negotiating his contract with the Red Devils.
United had been additionally frightened Real Madrid would poach the PSG boss from underneath their noses.
Darren Fletcher (proper) and John Murtough (left) had been impressed by Ten Hag’s evaluation
Technical director Darren Fletcher and soccer director John Murtough reportedly flew out to the Netherlands to interview the 52-year-old final month, earlier than chief govt Richard Arnold made the journey to carry one-on-one conferences.
Ten Hag reportedly tore the membership’s set-up aside, directing his criticism primarily at United’s scouting and recruitment coverage.
Despite their preliminary shock, the United bosses weren’t regarded as put out by Ten Hag’s blunt evaluation and as an alternative had been impressed by his brutal honesty and he emerged as their precedence candidate.
Ten Hag beat out a ultimate shortlist of 4 managers for the job within the Old Trafford dugout.
Alongside Ten Hag and Pochettino, ESPN state the ultimate four-man shortlist included Spain boss Luis Enrique and Sevilla supervisor Julen Lopetegui.
United’s ultimate four-man shortlist additionally included Spain boss Luis Enrique (left) and Sevilla supervisor Julen Lopetegui (proper)
United briefly thought of Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers earlier than their kind nose-dived, whereas Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann, Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel, Rodgers and former Real Madrid chief Zinedine Zidane had been additionally stated to be in rivalry
However, Nagelsmann – who grew to become the most costly managerial switch ever when he moved from RB Leipzig for £22m in July – and Tuchel, supervisor of United’s rivals Chelsea, had been rapidly dismissed as lifelike choices.
Zidane was an possibility earlier than apparently indicating he would solely return to membership soccer with PSG, whereas Enrique is busy getting ready for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in November and there have been fears Lopetegui could be ‘one other Unai Emery’.