Major shifts are on the horizon at Manchester United with Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s proposed acquisition of a 25% stake in the club pending board approval.
Various reports have indicated potential shake-ups in the club’s hierarchy. Notably, positions held by Richard Arnold, the Chief Executive Officer, and John Murtough, the Director of Football, might be in jeopardy.
However, current manager Erik ten Hag appears to be in a secure position, with recent information from within United bolstering his standing further.
The Telegraph has highlighted that even post Ratcliffe’s intervention in sporting affairs, Ten Hag expects holding his veto power concerning player transfers.
Although the Glazers will retain management over the business aspect, it’s reported that Ratcliffe has ambitions of seizing comprehensive sporting authority by 2024.
An interesting dynamic to watch will be the committee structure, with Joel Glazer joining Ratcliffe and Sir Dave Brailsford, the Sports Director at INEOS, for sport-centric discussions. Notably, this structure will tilt decision-making power away from the Glazers.
Erik ten Hag has been central to Manchester United’s transfer strategy since his arrival. His influence has sometimes resulted in outcomes not entirely beneficial for the squad. Nevertheless, the board’s unwavering support has been evident, as every transfer decision requires the nod from both the board and Ten Hag.
The Dutchman hinted that such arrangements were stipulated in the contract he inked upon joining United. As such, he doesn’t “expect” any alterations, even with a potential change in ownership. Sir Jim Ratcliffe, when in control of sporting decisions, is said to have grand ambitions for reinforcing the main team.
Ten Hag’s consistent involvement in signings could be pivotal in preventing chaotic situations like Chelsea’s under Todd Boehly, where aggressive signings led to on-pitch turmoil due to a disrupted team synergy.
Supporters of the club are optimistic, hoping for a harmonious collaboration between Ten Hag and the potential new ownership, all in the interest of Manchester United’s success.