Why Man Utd opted against Mauricio Pochettino as they’re reportedly close to appointing Erik ten Hag as their new head coach.
Manchester United’s reasons for rejecting Mauricio Pochettino have emerged as the Red Devils close in the appointment of Erik ten Hag, according to reports.
The Premier League club appears to have landed on Ajax head coach Ten Hag as their next coach.
The Dutchman has built a reputation at Ajax for maintaining success while developing young players.
Ten Hag is widely believed to have impressed during his interviews and has reportedly made a couple of demands before accepting an offer from the Old Trafford outfit.
He is expected to be appointed over fellow candidate Mauricio Pochettino.
Why Man Utd opted against Mauricio Pochettino
United have long been linked with hiring Pochettino, ever since his Tottenham days.
However, the 20-times English champions apparently have two reasons for turning him down and appointing Ten Hag.
Mauricio Pochettino wanted big transfer backing from Manchester United during his job interview, according to reports.
While Ten Hag blew United away in his interview, leaving them with the impression he can turn the squad around without money being an issue, Pochettino supposedly made it clear he wanted big transfer backing.
It’s stated he spoke about ‘how much’ cash he’d need to overhaul the squad, with the new boss more than happy to let go of most of the current side.
And PSG, for their part, made it clear they wanted a ‘more substantial release clause’ for a manager whose future at the Parc des Princes is up in the air anyway.
Interviews with Pochettino were conducted on Zoom and things ‘did not go as well’ as they did with the Ajax manager.
While PSG wanted a big fee to let their Argentine boss go, Ajax will be happy to negotiate on Ten Hag’s £2million release clause.
And, for Pochettino, is seems the United ship is set to sail once again.
He was first eyed to take charge of the club as far back as 2013, when Sir Alex Ferguson retired shortly after masterminding another Premier League triumph.
But with Pochettino’s spell at Southampton still in it’s infancy, United decided to give the keys to Old Trafford to David Moyes instead.