Thomas Tuchel: Reason Why Manchester United Ended Talks With German to Replace Erik ten Hag

Thomas Tuchel: Reason Why Manchester United Ended Talks With German to Replace Erik ten Hag

Isaac Darko
updated at June 11, 2024 at 11:19 AM
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  • Thomas Tuchel is currently without a job after he parted ways with Bayern Munich at the end of the 2023/24 campaign
  • The former Chelsea boss was said to be one of the favourites to replace Erik ten Hag at Manchester United this summer
  • But the United hierarchy decided against employing Tuchel because they feared the German would pose problems for them

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Manchester United ended negotiations with Thomas Tuchel due to concerns that the German manager might disrupt the new football structure at Old Trafford.

Tuchel is currently a free agent after leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the last season.

The German gaffer was among the candidates considered to replace Erik ten Hag if the club decided to part ways with the Dutchman.

Thomas Tuchel, Manchester United, Erik ten Hag, INEOS, Jim Ratcliffe, Old Trafford.
Thomas Tuchel has reportedly held talks with Manchester United officials in recent weeks. Photo by Nick Potts.
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The ex-Ajax boss led United to one of their worst finishes in the Premier League, with the Manchester club managing an eighth-place finish with 60 points.

United went on to crown their otherwise disappointing campaign with the FA Cup, beating rivals Manchester City 2-1 at Wembley to lift the domestic trophy.

However, despite ending the season with a trophy, ten Hag's future at Old Trafford is understood to be hanging on a thread, per Manchester Evening News.

Why United ended Tuchel negotiations

Recent meetings have occurred between Tuchel and United officials, including a discussion with Sir Jim Ratcliffe in Monaco last Tuesday, per Metro Sports.

The former Chelsea manager is no longer in contention for the position.

According to ESPN, the decision was driven by concerns that Tuchel would not align with United’s revamped structure, which has been reorganised following Ratcliffe and INEOS's minority takeover in February.

Jason Wilcox has already been appointed as technical director, and Dan Ashworth is expected to become the sporting director.

The report indicates that Ashworth prefers a "yes manager" who will cooperate with United’s recruitment team on major squad decisions, rather than a head coach who might challenge their authority.

Discussions between Tuchel and United reportedly ended on mutual terms.

United have also engaged in discussions with representatives of Thomas Frank, Roberto De Zerbi, and Mauricio Pochettino, who departed from Chelsea last month.

Ten Hag answers sack question

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on ten Hag speaking on his Man United future after leading the club to FA Cup triumph.

Surprisingly, City were second best for large parts of the game and were made to play for miscommunication at the back as teenager Alejandro Garnacho scored the opener.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)
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