Erik ten Hag: Inside Full Team Sir Jim Ratcliffe Will Hire at Man United Amid Gareth Southgate Links

Erik ten Hag: Inside Full Team Sir Jim Ratcliffe Will Hire at Man United Amid Gareth Southgate Links

Joel Reyes
April 2, 2024 at 2:33 PM
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  • Sir Jim Ratcliffe officially became Manchester United's minority owner last January
  • The British billionaire appointed Omar Berrada as the club's new chief executive officer
  • United have also targeted Dan Ashworth and Jason Wilcox as their new directors

The pressure is on for Erik ten Hag to keep his job at Manchester United.

He's back in the hot seat following the Red Devils' draw with Brentford over the weekend.

Sports Brief looks at the backroom team Sir Jim Ratcliffe is assembling at United amid reports that a move for England manager Gareth Southgate is on the horizon.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Manchester United, Omar Berrada, Dan Ashworth, Jason Wilcox.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe in a Welcome to Manchester sign; United's new CEO Omar Berrada pictured during his time with Man City. Images: Robbie Jay Barratt/ Mike Egerton.
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Ratcliffe's Manchester United recruits

Omar Berrada (CEO)

Ratcliffe didn't waste time putting his imprint on United, appointing Omar Berrada as the club's new chief executive officer following his exit from Premier League rivals Manchester City.

The switch caught many by surprise as Berrada had been with City since 2011. He has been their chief football operations officer since September 2020, helping lead the club to the treble last year.

He previously held roles as City's group commercial director and their director of partnership sales.

Status: Hired

Dan Ashworth (Sporting Director)

Manchester United weren't done targeting other clubs' key men to bolster their backroom staff. They identified Newcastle United's Dan Ashworth as their first-choice candidate to become the Red Devils' new sporting director.

Targeting Ashworth wasn't a complete surprise for Ratcliffe's camp as he is one of the most highly-respected executives in English football.

He helped West Bromwich Albion achieve two promotions and a top-half finish in the Premier League after he became the club's sporting and technical director in 2007, per The Athletic.

He joined Brighton & Hove Albion as the club's technical director shortly after the 2018 World Cup and immediately worked his magic there.

He made the Seagulls one of the best-run clubs in the Premier League during his two-and-a-half-year stint there, a transformation that caught the attention of Newcastle's new owners.

He started work with the Magpies in June 2022 after serving a period of gardening leave. The club immediately found success under Ashworth, grabbing a spot in the Champions League after finishing fourth in the 2022-23 Premier League season.

The move is not yet complete, with Ashworth placed on gardening leave by Newcastle. Once the switch pushes through, he will become Manchester United's new sporting director.

Status: On gardening leave with Newcastle

Jason Wilcox (Technical Director)

Manchester United grabbed the headlines yet again on Monday, with multiple reports emerging that they have made an official approach for Southampton's director of football Jason Wilcox.

Ratcliffe's camp identified Wilcox as their first-choice candidate to become the club's new technical director.

According to, the Red Devils are believed to have offered the Saints a year's salary in compensation for Wilcox's services. Southampton are expected to reject Manchester United's opening proposal and hold out for more from the Premier League giants.

Wilcox previously served as Manchester City's academy coach in 2012 before being promoted to academy director in 2017.

He helped develop the likes of Phil Foden, Cole Palmer, and Rico Lewis as they made their way to City's first team.

Status: Still employed by Southampton

Ratcliffe unhappy with United's recent performances

Sports Brief recently reported on the United games that Ratcliffe found fault with.

The Red Devils conceded late goals in the matches against Fulham and Brentford.

That didn't sit well with the Manchester United boss, putting even more pressure on ten Hag.

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