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Southgate named as candidate for Manchester United

Gareth Southgate has been named as a potential candidate to become Manchester United manager, should Erik ten Hag leave the club.

Ten Hag’s position is under pressure after a difficult second season with the Red Devils, who sit sixth in the Premier League table and are 11 points adrift of the Champions League places.

 

The arrival of new minority owners Ineos has began a restructure behind the scenes, having brought in Omar Berrada from Manchester City as the club’s new chief executive, while work is also underway to appoint Newcastle’s Dan Ashworth as Director of Football.

A change in the dugout could materialise under the new hierarchy and ESPN are reporting that Southgate is a name under consideration. The 53-year-old is expected to leave his post as England manager after Euro 2024, regardless of the Three Lions’ success in the tournament.

Southgate has been in charge of England since 2016 and led the side to a first major tournament final in 55 years at the last European Championship.

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi is also being assessed, having guided the Seagulls to a top-six finish and Europa League qualification last season. Brighton had never before qualified for European competition but have progressed to the competition’s last 16 this season.

 

Brentford manager Thomas Frank also has admirers at Old Trafford, given his work in consolidating the Bees in the Premier League on a comparatively modest budget.

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