Erik ten Hag: Potter, Flick, and 3 Other Managers Man Utd Can Consider to Replace Dutch Coach

Erik ten Hag: Potter, Flick, and 3 Other Managers Man Utd Can Consider to Replace Dutch Coach

Elijah Odetokun
updated at November 2, 2023 at 3:59 PM
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  • Erik ten Hag is living on borrowed time after Manchester United's Carabao Cup elimination
  • United were beaten 3-0 by Newcastle United, whom they beat in last season's final
  • The club could already be sounding out replacements in case the Dutch coach is sacked

Erik ten Hag's position at Manchester United became more threatened after the 3-0 loss to Newcastle United at Old Trafford, which led to their elimination from the Carabao Cup.

It was their second straight 3-0 home loss after Sunday's derby defeat to Manchester City. It worsens their home record, which has seen them lose five of ten games at Old Trafford this season.

Erik ten Hag, Manchester United, Old Trafford, Newcastle United.
Erik ten Hag applauding the Old Trafford fans after Manchester United's 3-0 loss to Newcastle United. Photo by Martin Ricketts.
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Sports Brief looks at five free agents who the club can consider to replace the former Ajax boss if he is shown the exit door.

1. Graham Potter

As reported by Mirror UK, former Chelsea boss, Graham Potter is admired by Sir Jim Ratcliffe should he be successful in his bid to purchase a 25% stake at the club, which will see him take over sporting decisions from the Glazer family. Potter has been unemployed since he left Chelsea and turned down multiple job offers.

2. Ruud van Nistelrooy

The former United striker is a good option for the club to look at, having left his position at PSV at the end of last season after a disagreement with the club's hierarchy over the sale of players and lack of reinvestment back into the team.

3. Oliver Glasner

Glasner left Eintracht Frankfurt at the end of last season. He led the club to the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League trophy, beating Barcelona and Napoli en route to the final, in which they beat Rangers on penalties. The Austrian, per Football London, was considered for the Chelsea job after Potter was sacked in April.

4. Hansi Flick

Flick left his role as Germany's national team boss last month after a run of poor results. He was previously head coach of Bayern Munich, where he won seven trophies, including a sextuple in the 2019/20 season. He won't be out of a job for long, and United should be all over him.

5. Julen Lopetegui

As reported by The Athletic, Lopetegui left Wolves due to a "difference in opinions" with the club hierarchy after he saved them from relegation last season. The experienced Spaniard is a free agent and has expressed the desire to manage in the Premier League again.

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Financial cost of sacking ten Hag

Sports Brief reported on how much it would cost Man Utd to sack ten Hag if results do not improve and the club is forced to raise the hammer on the Carabao Cup winner.

The former Ajax boss has a contract until June 2025 and is on a salary of £9 million per year. To sack him, the club would need to pay around £15 million, a little below what was paid to sack Jose Mourinho in 2018.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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