Exclusive: Erik ten Hag wants to keep Manchester United set-piece coach Eric Ramsay

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Exclusive: Erik ten Hag wants to keep Manchester United set-piece coach Eric Ramsay - Getty Images
Exclusive: Erik ten Hag wants to keep Manchester United set-piece coach Eric Ramsay - Getty Images

The new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has selected Eric Ramsay, the club’s set-pieces coach, from the existing coaching staff to join his new team of assistants at Old Trafford this season.

The Dutch coach met with the club’s football director John Murtough in Amsterdam on Thursday to discuss 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 whom Ten Hag told United that he wanted as part of his coaching staff and he was also asked by the club to consider taking one of those already in place into his inner circle.

Ramsay, 30, was appointed at the start of this season to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s staff following a rapid rise as one of the youngest holders of a Uefa Pro License. He had previously worked at Swansea City, Shrewsbury Town and Chelsea where he was an Under-23s coach. Under Solskjaer he was set-piece and individual development coach. He knew Kieran McKenna, then a United first team coach, from their time together at Loughborough University.

A French and Spanish speaker, Ramsay, from Oswestry, Shropshire, is one of the few from the Solskjaer era still at the club. Solskjaer himself was sacked in November as United’s form plummeted. Michael Carrick, who oversaw the immediate aftermath, resigned when interim manager Ralf Rangnick took charge. So too did McKenna who took the Ipswich Town manager’s job. Martyn Pert, another coach, joined McKenna at Ipswich.

It is expected that Ten Hag’s new staff will soon be announced formally. The club are prioritising the signing of a midfielder with the Dutch international Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona among their targets. They are losing Nemanja Matic, who has already announced his intention to leave at the end of the season, while Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata will all be out of contract in June.

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