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Report: Erik Ten Hag Played Decisive Role In Ralf Rangnick's Manchester United Exit

Report: Erik Ten Hag Played Decisive Role In Ralf Rangnick's Manchester United Exit
By Gary Connaughton

Manchester United are in need of a major rebuild. The club has been run incredibly poorly over the last decade or so, with results on the pitch subsequently suffering.

Erik ten Hag is the man that will be tasked with overhauling the squad this summer. The former Ajax boss is sure to have a number of targets in mind, although United have been slow off the mark in agreeing deals during the current transfer window.

One person that will not play a role in the rebuild is Ralf Rangnick.

Brought in as interim manager last season, the German was also meant to act as a consultant at Old Trafford for two years after being relieved of his duties in the sideline. However, it was decided that he would cut all ties with club after taking up the role as Austrian national team coach this summer.

As it turns out, his successor had a big role to play in that decision.

Erik ten Hag played role in Ralf Rangnick exit

In a report on ESPN, it is claimed that Erik ten Hag's lack of interest in working alongside Ralf Rangnick was a big part in Manchester United's decision to not proceed with the consultancy role.

The 63-year old was apparently keen to have a full in-person briefing with the Dutchman ahead of him taking control of the team, although ten Hag was not all that interested. The pair would discuss those issues over the phone instead.

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This was an indication of the new manager's stance on Rangnick's position at the club, with it ultimately being decided on both sides that bringing an end to the relationship was the best course of action for all parties involved.

The move to bring the former RB Leipzig boss on board was hailed as a masterstroke by many, especially when the consultancy role was proposed. He had worked wonders at in both Leipzig and Hoffenheim when overseeing their football operations.

However, the poor results on the pitch and Rangnick's forthright comments in the press seemed to sour relations with both the club hierarchy and the supporters.

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Erik ten Hag will be hoping that he does not face similar issues, although the culture at Old Trafford will certainly need to be improved if that is to be the case.

SEE ALSO: Manchester United Identify 5 Players That Can Leave The Club This Summer

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