Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has expressed his sorrow of saying goodbye to de Godenzonen after a great success, ahead of a new adventure at Manchester United.
The Dutch boss secured yet another Eredivisie title with a thumping 5-0 victory against SC Heerenveen on Wednesday night. Following this victory, the 52-year-old boss will end his spell at the Johan Cruyff Arena with two league cups and three league titles.
Ten Hag also guided Ajax to the Champions League semi-final back in 2019 which was their first appearance in the semi-final of this competition since 1997.
Meanwhile, speaking in an interview(via Express), Erik ten Hag has stated that it is sad to say goodbye after working with great people at the club. He said:
“At some point, that feeling [sadness] does come into play, indeed. It is also difficult because I have worked with so many fantastic people here, especially the players. But there is also a time to go.”
Manchester United have appointed Erik ten Hag at the perfect moment of his managerial career, given the Dutchman’s stock is currently on the upward trajectory. On the other hand, the other candidate – who was in the race to succeed Ralf Rangnick – Mauricio Pochettino, is currently struggling in his career as a manager.
Despite enjoying a productive spell at Tottenham Hotspur, the Argentine boss has failed to replicate the same performance after guiding the north London club to the Champions League final.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils’ hierarchy’s previous appointments, David Moyes who never enjoyed any success as the manager, while the other two Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho were at the twilight of their managerial careers at that point of their appointment.
On the other hand, appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was never the right decision despite finishing second last season. So, the Old Trafford faithful could be optimistic about their future under Erik ten Hag’s guidance and with proper recruitment, the club might find success sooner rather than later.