Ajax boss admits interest in Erik ten Hag – but will fight to keep him away from Manchester United

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Ajax technical manager Gerry Hamstra has insisted the club are trying to persuade head coach Erik ten Hag to stay in Amsterdam, although he expects to join soon Manchester United.

de Hag, 52, is seen as United’s first choice to become the permanent successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. According to reports, his appointment could be confirmed later this month.

But ahead of Ajax’s 2-1 final defeat by PSV Eindhoven on Sunday against PSV Eindhoven, Hamstra, who took over from Marc Overmars earlier in the year, said there was still a chance Ten Hag would stay in his job.

“There is interest in Erik ten Hag, that’s normal. He did an amazing job,” Hamstra told ESPN.

“We hope he stays. We have to stick to the facts, he’s not gone yet. He’s still focused on Ajax, so are we.

“We have done everything possible [to keep him at Ajax]. We were very busy with that. He responded by saying his focus is now on Ajax. Now we are preparing for two scenarios, Ten Hag could stay or go.”

KNVB Beker has been one of Ajax’s two remaining big targets this season – they sit four points clear of PSV at the top of the Eredivisie – but Sunday’s final ended in disappointment.

Ajax took the lead in the 23rd minute when Ryan Gravenberch scored from outside the box, but after Noussair Mazraoui brought down a second Ajax goal from VAR, PSV turned it around with two goals in three minutes early in the second half around.

Erick Gutierrez fired home after Ibrahim Sangare prevented a Cody Gakpo free-kick and two minutes later Gakpo added a second.

Ajax had chances to equalize – a goal from Davy Klaassen was ruled out for offside after another VAR check – before Dusan Tadic saw his shot bounce back off a post.

https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/premier-league/ajax-chief-admits-there-is-interest-in-erik-ten-hag-but-will-fight-to-keep-him-away-from-manchester-united-41562030.html Ajax boss admits interest in Erik ten Hag – but will fight to keep him away from Manchester United

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