Ex-Manchester United midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba wanted his former club to appoint an English manager instead of Erik Ten Hag.
The Red Devils have agreed to appoint Erik Ten Hag as their next permanent boss and the official announcement has already been made public by the club.
However, speaking on Sky Sports(Via Express), the Cameroonian gave his verdict on Manchester United’s permanent manager. The former midfielder suggested that the Red Devils’ hierarchy should have appointed a candidate who has a good understanding of Premier League football and the British players.
So, a British manager would have been the right choice for the record Premier League champions. Djemba-Djemba said:
“For me, you need to have a good manager, a manager who knows the English football. A manager who knows the English players. That is very important, you know. And I cannot mention any manager because I’m not on the board, I don’t know what the board wants to do, but we need to have, for me, an English manager for Manchester United.
“Because he would know very well English football, Premier League, and the English players. For me, it’s very important to get an English manager or a British manager.”
It is baffling to hear comments like this from former professional footballers. History shows itself time and time again that in order to succeed in any league in the world, the manager needs to have a clear playing style and a mentality to achieve big success. And above all competent people making the decisions off the pitch.
The current top three teams in the Premier League whose coaches didn’t have any Premier League experience before joining their respective clubs but managed to find success with a clear identity, structure and a big appetite to be successful.
Meanwhile, there are not many English coaches around who have the capability to manage a top club like Manchester United. David Moyes is the only British boss who is currently fighting for the European places, however, he has showcased his limitations during his time at Old Trafford.
So, it is an utterly irrational idea that a manager needs to have Premier League experience in order to achieve success in the English top-flight.
Manchester United’s revolution will start next season under the management of Erik Ten Hag with Ralf Rangnick as an advisor. Therefore, the Mancunians could be optimistic about their future.