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Revealed: The Details Behind Erik Ten Hag's Manchester United Backroom Staff Reconstruction

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Revealed: The Details Behind Erik Ten Hag's Manchester United Backroom Staff Reconstruction

Erik ten Hag will be looking to make further additions to his Manchester United backroom squad after bringing in Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren as assistant managers, according to reports.

It was announced that Ten Hag would bring Van der Gaag to Old Trafford on the 23rd of May, he was the Dutchman's right-hand man at Ajax.

Alongside him came McClaren, who was Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant when United won the treble in 1999, as Ten Hag wanted to bring someone in who knew the club. The pair worked together at FC Twente when McClaren was in charge of the Dutch outfit.

These two additions were considered key appointments for Ten Hag, as reported by Tyrone Marshall of the MEN, as the manager looks to turn things around at United.

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However, the report also mentions that Ten Hag will be looking for further arrivals in his backroom staff over the new next weeks.

The likes of  Chris Armas, Ewan Sharp and sports psychologist Sascha Lense, who were all brought to the club by Ralf Rangnick have left following his departure.

This leaves openings for new faces for Ten Hag's United rebuild, that he insists will take time, after the club's lowest ever points tally in Premier League history.

Ten Hag is said to be keen on keeping the services of Eric Ramsey, the talented coach joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team from Chelsea at the start of last season.

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Eric Ramsey with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Manchester United)
Eric Ramsey with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Manchester United)

United want to keep the young coach to be part of the make-up of Ten Hag's staff, despite interest from League One club Barnsley for him to become their next manager.

Kieran McKenna was allowed to leave the club mid-season when Ipswich came calling with a first-team coach position.

But, if an approach from The Tykes for Ramsey is made, United will hold talks with the 30-year-old.

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If he stays, Ramsey will work with Van der Gaag and McClaren as United look to adapt to the football that Ten Hag will want to play.

The manager is now finalising the personnel of his backroom staff and detailing who will be in charge of taking training sessions at the Carrington complex.

Erik ten Hag watching Manchester United vs Crystal Palace with Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren. (Alamy)
Erik ten Hag watching Manchester United vs Crystal Palace with Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren. (Alamy)

Mike Phelan had a role under both Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick, but the 59-year-old has been told he will have no part to play in the first-team set-up under Ten Hag and exit discussions are continuing with the club.

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Meanwhile, goalkeeper coaches Richard Hartis and Craig Mawson are set to remain at the club with Ten Hag.

One of those were enquiring about roles with other clubs with doubts that they'd remain if the manager brought his own goalkeeper coach, but they are going to be given faith by the manager.

The make-up of the staff will be expected to be finalised when United's pre-season kicks off on the 27th of June.

The first pre-season match is against Liverpool in Thailand, just over two weeks later on the 12th of July.

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Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Manchester United Transfer News & Rumours, Erik Ten Hag

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