New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has selected Eric Ramsay, the club’s permanent coach, from the existing coaching staff to join his new team of assistants at Old Trafford this season.
The Dutch coach met in Amsterdam on Thursday with football director John Murtough of the club to discuss the short- and long-term planning, along with his Ajax assistant Mitchell van der Gaag and friend and former colleague Steve McClaren. Those two were the pair who told Ten Hag United he wanted to be part of his coaching staff and he was also asked by the club to consider including one of those already in place in its inner circle.
Ramsay, 30, was appointed to the staff of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the start of this season after growing rapidly as one of the youngest UEFA Pro license holders. He had previously worked for Swansea City, Shrewsbury Town and Chelsea, where he coached the under-23s. Under Solskjaer, he was a set and individual development coach. He knew Kieran McKenna, then United’s first-team coach, from their time together at Loughborough University.
French- and Spanish-speaking Ramsay from Oswestry, Shropshire, is one of the few Solskjaer-era players still in the club. Solskjaer himself was sacked in November when United’s form plummeted. Michael Carrick, who oversaw the immediate aftermath, resigned when interim manager Ralf Rangnick took charge. So was McKenna, who took on the Ipswich Town manager’s job. Martyn Pert, another coach, joined McKenna in Ipswich.
The new Ten Hag staff is expected to be formally announced shortly. The club gives priority to attracting a midfielder with the Dutch international Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona as target. They lose to Nemanja Matic, who has already announced his intention to leave at the end of the season, while Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata are all out of contract in June.