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    Erik ten Hag’s three demands before signing Man Utd contract revealed after shock Sir Jim Ratcliffe U-turn

    ERIK TEN HAG is ready to play hardball over new contract negotiations after his public humiliation.Manchester United have decided to stick with the Dutchman as manager having failed to find another suitable candidate.Erik ten Hag wants three demands to be met before signing a new Man Utd dealCredit: PATen Hag will not let Sir Jim Ratcliffe have total control over transfersCredit: AlamyThomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino pulled out of the running, while Gareth Southgate being with England at the Euros sidelined talks with him.It left the club announcing Ten Hag “deserves a chance to show what more he is capable of”.But the boss is not merely grateful to get more time and will lay down the rules for how things will go forward.He will not cede control of transfers, which the new set-up wanted to take out of his hands.READ MORE IN FOOTBALLThe 54-year-old is not prepared to be dictated to by Jason Wilcox as to how the team should play  — after the new technical director was credited with suggesting he start Bruno Fernandes as a false nine in the FA Cup final win.And Ten Hag will not allow Jadon Sancho back into the first team squad unless the player apologises for labelling him a liar last term.The boss also wants his first-team coach Benni McCarthy given a new contract with his current deal set to expire.Ten Hag wants these assurances before he puts pen to paper on a new three-year deal with just one left on his current contract.Most read in FootballEURO 2024 FREE BETS AND OFFERSErik ten Hag is no safer now than before FA Cup winBy Neil Custis
    After Manchester United announced Erik ten Hag was staying on, they tried to explain why it has taken over two weeks since the Dutchman paraded the FA Cup at Wembley to actually tell him he still had the job.
    A thorough review of the season was needed even though Ten Hag said before the Cup final that this had been done.
    The club said that they had ‘considered all eventualities’.
    In other words ‘which manager would be best for us, and not necessarily the bloke we have got?’.
    And the club were also at pains to make it clear how much they admired Ten Hag’s ‘dedication, dignity and professionalism’.
    In other words he did not publicly flip his lid at the appalling way he was being treated despite asking Ratcliffe for a public vote of confidence months before the end of the season.
    Let us remember Ratcliffe did not even namecheck Ten Hag in his ‘congratulations message’ after the FA Cup was won, despite the fact it was all down to him and the way he outthought Pep Guardiola on the day.
    Read the full column from Neil Custis on Manchester United.

    He remains angry and frustrated at his treatment and the lack of public support since Ratcliffe’s arrival.Ten Hag faced the sack before shocking Manchester City in the FA Cup final to prompt a wave of support from United fans to keep him on, despite an all-time club worst Premier League finish of eighth.Man Utd coach reveals why Jadon Sancho refused to apologise to Ten Hag before exile that sparked Dortmund transferTen Hag remains adamant Jadon Sancho will not return unless he apologisesCredit: GettyThe Dutchman also wants a new contract for coach Benni McCarthyCredit: GettyAfter learning he will stay at Old Trafford, Ten Hag said he wants  to take the “next step” on their pre-season tour.The Red Devils face Rosenborg in Norway on July 15 and Rangers at Murrayfield five days later.They then head to the US to face Arsenal, Real Betis and Liverpool.Ten Hag said: “Pre-season is for preparing and we have to make that our next step.“It is one of the only times you have the team together and can work on structures and on standards.“We’ll be as strong as possible but, of course, the players who go far in the Copa America and the Euros will not be involved.”Nine managers Man Utd considered before keeping Erik ten HagERIK TEN HAG appears to be safe as Man Utd manager, but the Dutchman edged dangerously close to the sack.
    Here are nine managers Red Devils chiefs are reported to have considered for the job and what allegedly happened with each.
    Gareth Southgate
    Enjoys plenty of support among Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos chiefs but made clear he wouldn’t talk to any clubs until after Euro 2024. There is yet to be any suggestion that contact was made with the England boss.
    Kieran McKenna
    Talks were opened with McKenna’s representatives before the FA Cup final, but the former Man Utd coach opted to sign a new deal with Ipswich after Ten Hag’s Wembley win.
    Roberto De Zerbi
    Allegedly sounded out before the FA Cup final with salary expectations discussed. But Ineos chiefs concluded ex-Brighton boss was not the right fit for the project.
    Thomas Frank
    Brentford boss met Man Utd representatives the day before the FA Cup final. The Dane also dined with Ratcliffe, Roy Hodgson and Frank Lampard at the launch of a new Ineos car in February.
    Marco Silva
    Fulham boss reportedly met Man Utd representatives face-to-face two days before the FA Cup final, around the same time as Ten Hag was conducting his press conference.
    Mauricio Pochettino
    Fell out of Man Utd’s thinking in the first week of June, despite being a favourite of Sir Alex Ferguson.
    Thomas Tuchel
    Made a very strong impression and came across well during a Monaco meeting. Personal terms were discussed before the ex-Chelsea and Bayern Munich boss decided to step back from the process.
    Ruben Amorim
    Sporting boss was discussed by the Man Utd hierarchy but did not make the final reckoning.
    Roberto Martinez
    Portugal manager was considered in the early stages. More

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    Newcastle legend Patrick Kluivert reveals plan to emulate Xabi Alonso’s success with Premier League job

    PATRICK KLUIVERT is driven to one day become a Premier League manager.As he sat down with SunSport to assess Holland’s chances at the Euros, he now sees everything through the lens of a coach.Patrick Kluivert plans to become a Premier League manager in the futureKluivert says ‘things need to fit like a glove’ if the Netherlands are to win Euro 2024Credit: GettyKluivert was one of the finest strikers of his generation, scoring the winner in the 1995 Champions League final and jointly winning the Golden Boot at Euro 2000.The former Newcastle striker, 47, has occupied several different roles since retiring — including sporting director at Paris Saint-Germain and academy director at Barcelona.Speaking in the Catalan city, Kluivert said: “I am waiting for a good opportunity and a good project. I am ready.“I’m eager to show the world that I’m capable of doing big things in coaching.READ MORE IN FOOTBALL“I like to have challenges and the Premier League would be fantastic.“What kind of experience did Xabi Alonso have? You need to have an opportunity and what he did with Bayer Leverkusen is unreal.“He had only trained the second team of Sociedad and then got the opportunity to train a first team in the Bundesliga and won the title.”Kluivert, who was Louis van Gaal’s assistant when Holland reached the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, does not deviate from an attacking mindset.Most read in FootballEURO 2024 FREE BETS AND OFFERSHe said: “I like to dominate the game, play high-pressure, offensive football.“I like to have possession of the ball. I came from the Ajax youth and Barcelona have the same philosophy . . . attack is the best defence.”Young stars set to shine at Euro 2024Patrick Kluivert’s career statistics

    Ajax, 1991-97 – 52 goals in 100 appearances
    AC Milan, 1997-98 – 9 goals in 33 appearances
    Barcelona, 1998-2004 – 122 goals in 257 appearances
    Newcastle, 2004-05 – 13 goals in 37 appearances
    Valencia, 2005-06 – 2 goals in 16 appearances
    PSV, 2006-07 – 3 goals in 21 appearances
    Lille, 2007-08 – 4 goals in 14 appearances
    Netherlands, 1994-2004 – 40 goals in 79 caps
    Honours – Champions League, La Liga, Uefa Super Cup, 3x Eredivisie, 2x Dutch Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup

    Kluivert, whose last job was as boss of Turkish side Adana Demirspor, knows his country must again knit together a team of individuals if they are to have any hope of emulating their 1988 Euros triumph on German soil.He added: “If we have the confidence and can show the opponent we’re strong as a team, we can win it. But things need to fit like a glove.“At the moment you have better teams like Spain, Italy, France, Portugal and England. We have to fight against them as a team.“Holland have great individual quality and players who play in the highest competitions in the world. But they need to be solid and determined.“It’s not about the best players but the best team, and if they stick together individual qualities can come out.“Football is a total performance. Mentally it can help to know they already won it in Germany to return and do that extra thing.”My son Justin should be at the EurosJUSTIN  KLUIVERT   deserved to be in the Netherlands’ Euros squad, according to father Patrick.
    Despite his impressive displays for Bournemouth, beating his dad’s tally of six goals for Newcastle, he was snubbed by Dutch boss Ronald Koeman.
    Football runs in the family — Patrick’s father Kenneth was a respected winger in Suriname.
    While three of Patrick’s sons play professionally.
    Shane in Barcelona’s La Masia, Ruben at Dordrecht in the Dutch second tier and Justin at Bournemouth. Eldest son Quincy is an international DJ.
    Kluivert Sr said: “Not only as a father, I think he deserved a call-up. He did a great job at Bournemouth.
    “Especially now you can take three more players — but it’s not my decision.
    “If I was coach I’d give him a chance. He can make a difference.
    “He’s fast and could do something important. He’s done it in the Premier League, one of the strongest leagues in the world.”
    When Kluivert Sr was at Ajax in 1994, and PSV signed Brazilian Ronaldo, boss Louis van Gaal responded: “They have Ronaldo, we have Kluivert.”
    Kluivert said: “It was confidence but also pressure which I managed.”Justin wishes he could say the same.

    Kluivert, who scored 40 times in 79 outings for Holland, despairs at their lack of world-class strikers after the heady days of Marco van Basten, Ruud van Nistelrooy and himself.Brian Brobbey and Memphis Depay are the main men in attack, with Cody Gakpo coming from deeper positions to score goals.Holland used to wow the crowds with their Total Football. And the philosophy still has not changed despite a lack of  attacking talent.Ahead of their opener against Poland, Kluivert said: “The balance is now more towards midfielders and defenders who play in big  competitions.“In my day the focus was more on midfielders and attackers. We had van Nistelrooy and after me there was Robin van Persie.“When I started out I looked up to Van Basten, the best striker in history. In this team, it’s not that you can choose a lot of No 9s, that’s a pity.“Brobbey is the right person at the moment and Depay will be the target man if match fit. Gakpo showed his importance at the World Cup in Qatar.“The difference is in my time we played a lot on the streets — that’s where I progressed. Not only in Ajax’s academy but on the streets of Amsterdam.“Nowadays a lot of players are hooked on social media, which we didn’t have in my time. And it was a good thing.“In this team no one can score a goal like Dennis Bergkamp against Argentina in 1998.”Kluivert scored six Premier League goals for Newcastle during the 2004/05 seasonCredit: GettyThe 47-year-old scored 40 goals in 79 caps for the Netherlands as a playerCredit: GettyHolland have a wealth of expensive defenders but it remains to be seen if the likes of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, Spurs’ Micky van de Ven, Manchester City’s Nathan Ake and Bayern Munich’s Matthijs de Ligt can match the bulletproof back four of Stam, De Boer, Van Bronckhorst and Reiziger from Kluivert’s heyday.He said: “If you look at Ake, Van Dijk and De Ligt they are fantastic but need to defend more as a block. Van Dijk is the captain of the team and doing well at  Liverpool, while De Ligt is a leader and great player.”It still pains Kluivert that his international career ended without a  trophy.He said: “The 1998 side was the best Dutch national team we’ve seen — even better than 1974.“We had a balanced team with fantastic qualities, playing the  football that we did and winning against Argentina.“We played incredibly well also against Brazil and we would have won the 1998 World Cup had we beaten them.“In 2000 we missed two penalties against Italy. It was in our own country so it was doubly bitter.“Still now when I talk about Euro 2000 it hurts. But 1998 is the biggest regret. Losing on penalties is devastating.”READ MORE SUN STORIESKluivert famously joined AC Milan on a free transfer from Ajax in 1997.So one final question — how much does he think he would he be worth in today’s market? With a smile, he said: “£100million? I hope so… I was quite big.” More

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    Arsenal’s three-man striker shortlist revealed as Mikel Arteta plots move for ‘next Olivier Giroud’ in summer transfer

    ARSENAL have drawn up a shortlist of three striker targets this summer, according to reports.The Gunners are keen to bolster their attacking options ahead of next season.Mikel Arteta’s three-man striker shortlist has been revealedCredit: ReutersSporting Lisbon’s Viktor Gyokeres is wanted by Arsenal this summerCredit: GettyMikel Arteta is expected to add a striker to his squad, with Eddie Nketiah linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.Selling Nketiah would leave Gabriel Jesus as the club’s only senior recognised striker.Arsenal suffered a setback this week, though, with Benjamin Sesko opting to sign a new deal with RB Leipzig instead of heading to England.However, Give Me Sport now report Arteta has identified three alternative transfer targets.READ MORE IN FOOTBALLSporting Lisbon’s Viktor Gyokeres, Brighton striker Evan Ferguson and Joshua Zirkzee of Bologna are all on the Spaniard’s radar.Gyokeres is understood to be available for £68.5million this summer after finishing as top scorer in the Portuguese top flight.The Sweden international scored 29 league goals in his debut season with Sporting after signing from Coventry last summer.Chelsea were previously linked with a move for the 26-year-old in January.Most read in FootballCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSMeanwhile, Ferguson scored just six goals for Brighton during an injury-hit campaign.An ankle injury has kept the Irishman, who signed a new deal in November, out of action since March.How Arsenal’s 180-page dossiers on transfer targets have led to outstanding recruitmentSunSport’s verdict on Arsenal starsMikel Arteta is looking to get Arsenal ready to beat Man City to the title after another near miss, but he may need to be brutal with his squad in order to do so. Here’s SunSport’s verdict on who should stay and who should go.

    David Raya – STAY: Initial doubts arose when he replaced Aaron Ramsdale, but he has since proven himself to be a world-class keeper with all the attributes needed for Arteta’s way of playing.
    Aaron Ramsdale – GO: Unfortunate to be cast aside for Raya, but is now looking for a move to become a regular No.1 elsewhere, especially with his aspirations of one day starting in goal for England.
    Karl Hein – STAY: Unlikely to take Ramsdale’s spot as No.2 should the Englishman depart – but the club cannot afford to lose two keepers in one window.
    William Saliba – STAY: Saliba is of the best young defenders in the world right now, Arteta should be building his team around him. A vital part of the side’s spine that conceded just 29 Prem goals this term.
    Ben White – STAY: Another solid member of Arteta’s impressive back four. Has the flexibility to play on the right or as a central defender, but has made right-back his own this term.
    Gabriel – STAY: Was on the outskirts at the start of the campaign but forced his way back in and has forged an almighty partnership with Saliba in the middle of the defence. One of Arteta’s most important signings.
    Jurrien Timber – STAY: Yet to see the best of the Dutchman after an injury-hit season, but Arteta views him as a game-changing full-back.
    Jakub Kiwior – STAY: The Polish international has struggled to break up the duo of Saliba and Gabriel but has impressed when called upon, especially in a stint at left-back.
    Cedric – GO: Leaving the club with his contract expiring. Never really convinced Arteta he could be relied upon and spent most of the season warming the bench.
    Takehiro Tomiyasu – STAY: Another flexible and reliable figure that Arteta adores. Can play centre-back or right-back and is a real presence at set-pieces.
    Oleksandr Zinchenko – GO: With Timber in line to be Arteta’s first choice at left-back, it is hard to see the Ukrainian starting many games for Arsenal next season. A good signing at £35m but has shown himself to be limited defensively.
    Thomas Partey – GO: Injury prone and has looked leggy when finally back from his thigh issues that kept him out from October until March. Contract is up next summer.
    Martin Odegaard – STAY: Captain fantastic. A real leader amongst men at such a young age. The 25-year-old is on course to lift the Prem at Arsenal sooner rather than later.
    Emile Smith Rowe – STAY: Sidelined for most of the term and struggled to make an impact when called upon, but Arteta still sees something in him. A decent squad option but you get the feeling he is running out of time to prove to the club he is a player worth sticking with.
    Jorginho – STAY: Arteta’s experienced general who, more often than not, has Arsenal playing better with him in the team.
    Fabio Vieira – GO: Perhaps harsh to judge him based on just 16 appearances in all competitions this season but still looks out of place in English football. A loan move could help.
    Mohamed Elneny – GO: Another player departing with his contract expiring. The right call by both parties. A good servant from the Arsene Wenger days.
    Kai Havertz – STAY: Seems a bargain now at £65m from Chelsea following his barnstorming end to the season. Arteta bought him as a midfielder, yet now leads the line as a first-choice No.9.
    Declan Rice – STAY: Arsenal’s most important and influential signing in years. Enough said.
    Bukayo Saka – STAY: An undroppable superstar for club and country right now. Will undoubtedly get even better in seasons to come.
    Gabriel Jesus – STAY: Fighting for a starting spot but right now but would be foolish to let him go given how much he can impact games and his winning mentality inside the group.
    Gabriel Martinelli – STAY: A dip in form this term but Arteta has huge faith in him. The added competition with Leandro Trossard will only make him better.
    Eddie Nketiah – GO: Career is at a crossroads right now and he needs to leave to turn that around. His six-figure wages could put Premier League suitors off.
    Leandro Trossard – STAY: Can bring his qualities as a starter or from the bench – a brilliant option to have when you are going for a title.
    Reiss Nelson – GO: Arteta has often spoken of Nelson’s potential and likes having him around the squad, but his impact has withered over the past 12 months.

    Ferguson has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea in the past.As for Zirkzee, AC Milan currently lead the race to sign the 23-year-old.His 11 goals and five assists in Serie A last term helped fire Bologna to Champions League qualification, with Zirkzee even compared to ex-Arsenal man Olivier Giroud.The Dutch forward is also understood to be on United’s shortlist of striker targets this summer.Away from their striker hunt, reports have also claimed Arsenal are keen on Girona winger Viktor Tsygankov.An approach is said to have been made last week for the 26-year-old, who has already been linked with Milan and Tottenham in recent weeks. More

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    Nine managers Man Utd considered before deciding to keep Erik ten Hag including three Premier League bosses

    THE whirlwind of speculation over Erik ten Hag’s future was nothing compared to the torrent of activity behind the scenes in a remarkable past few weeks.The simple fact that Manchester United retained their manager after an end-of-season review disguises the turmoil of at least NINE other bosses being considered to replace the Dutchman.Erik ten Hag led Man Utd to a 2-1 FA Cup final win over neighbours City last month that might well have saved his jobCredit: GettyMauricio Pochettino and Roberto De Zerbi were contendersCredit: AlamyA stirring and tactically-brilliant FA Cup final win over Premier League kings Man City is believed to have tipped the balance in Ten Hag’s favour.He already knew failing to qualify for the Champions League would trigger an intense review of his position.And indeed finishing a club-record low of eighth in the Prem highlighted the pressure Ten Hag was under.However, having won the EFL Cup in his first season and the biggest domestic knockout competition in his second campaign, his trophy-winning status makes him stand out amongst the six successors, plus two caretaker chiefs, since Alex Ferguson’s 27-year golden reign ended in 2013.READ MORE MAN UTD NEWSNonetheless, minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s team of Sir Dave Brailsford, Jason Wilcox and Jean-Claude Blancheld spoke to several possible replacements for Ten Hag, including advanced talks with big names.In fact, The Athletic say Teg Hag was only retained after an intensive board meeting in Monaco, plus a face-to-face meeting in Ibiza.Ratcliffe’s men had cut contact with him after his Wembley triumph to keep their analysis as scientific and detached as possible – a period that, not surprisingly, troubled ETH until a positive final decision was reached. And before that verdict United had conducted an equally rigorous process – that of analysing possible successors.Most read in FootballThomas Tuchel eventually dropped out of the runningCredit: GettyEURO 2024 FREE BETS AND OFFERSTwo contenders are thought to have been dropped from the running pretty quickly.Those were Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Amorim and Portugal manager Roberto Martinez.Tom Heaton reveals phone call from Gareth Southgate that saw Man Utd goalkeeper join up with England’s Euro 2024 squadAmorim, 39, is regarded as one of Europe’s most-respected young coaches.In fact, Liverpool were linked to the Portuguese before opting for Feyenoord’s Arne Slot to succeed Jurgen Klopp.Meanwhile, former Everton and Belgium chief Martinez is understood to have been briefly mentioned too.Barcelona were also monitoring the Spaniard back in March.But instead he’s remained focused on Portugal’s Euro 2024 bid – albeit having promised much but won little in his 16 years as a manager.Then come the seven men who have been talked up for the Old Trafford role right up to the last three weeks.Brentford’s Thomas Frank and Fulham’s Marco Silva are said to have met United representatives just days before the May 25 FA Cup final.And at around the same time Roberto De Zerbi was cementing his standing as a genuine contender.Red Devils’chiefs eventually decided the Italian didn’t quite match their needs – ironically as he quit Brighton by mutual consent at the end of the domestic term.Ipswich’s Kieran McKenna led the way for the young pretenders.United weighed up whether such a huge job after just three years in his only job so far as manager – and all outside the Prem – would be too big an ask at the age of 38.In the end, despite Chelsea and Brighton also being interested, McKenna signed a new four-year deal with his top-flight new boys.Englsnd boss Gareth Southgate is much admired by Sir Jim RatcliffeCredit: GettyNine managers Man Utd considered before keeping Erik ten HagERIK TEN HAG appears to be safe as Man Utd manager, but the Dutchman edged dangerously close to the sack.

    Here are nine managers Red Devils chiefs are reported to have considered for the job and what allegedly happened with each.
    Gareth Southgate
    Enjoys plenty of support among Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos chiefs but made clear he wouldn’t talk to any clubs until after Euro 2024. There is yet to be any suggestion that contact was made with the England boss.
    Kieran McKenna
    Talks were opened with McKenna’s representatives before the FA Cup final, but the former Man Utd coach opted to sign a new deal with Ipswich after Ten Hag’s Wembley win.
    Roberto De Zerbi
    Allegedly sounded out before the FA Cup final with salary expectations discussed. But Ineos chiefs concluded ex-Brighton boss was not the right fit for the project.
    Thomas Frank
    Brentford boss met Man Utd representatives the day before the FA Cup final. The Dane also dined with Ratcliffe, Roy Hodgson and Frank Lampard at the launch of a new Ineos car in February.
    Marco Silva
    Fulham boss reportedly met Man Utd representatives face-to-face two days before the FA Cup final, around the same time as Ten Hag was conducting his press conference.
    Mauricio Pochettino
    Fell out of Man Utd’s thinking in the first week of June, despite being a favourite of Sir Alex Ferguson.
    Thomas Tuchel
    Made a very strong impression and came across well during a Monaco meeting. Personal terms were discussed before the ex-Chelsea and Bayern Munich boss decided to step back from the process.
    Ruben Amorim
    Sporting boss was discussed by the Man Utd hierarchy but did not make the final reckoning.
    Roberto Martinez
    Portugal manager was considered in the early stages.

    Ex-Stamford Bridge chief Thomas Tuchel was high up the list for Old Trafford in recent months, particularly once he announced he’s quit Bayern Munich this summer.But despite impressing in talks with United officials, the German decided he wanted a break from the game and dropped out of the running.That leaves arguably the two biggest names of the nine.Mauricio Pochettino shot up the pack of fancied runners when Chelsea sacked him on May 21.But even the reported backing of legend Fergie didn’t prevent the ex-Tottenham boss falling by the wayside early in June.Last, but perhaps most intriguingly, comes Gareth Southgate.After eight years in charge of England, Southgate has admitted his time could be up if the Three Lions flop in Germany.But he also insisted he wouldn’t consider talking about any other job until after the Eros.And although Ratcliffe rates Southgate highly, there is no suggestion United got as far as approaching Southgate.READ MORE SUN STORIESInstead, the Red Devils have handed a third season to Ten Hag, although reportedly giving him less of a say in transfers.But much like Southgate, who has taken England to the 2018 World Cup semis as well as the Euro 2020 final ahead of the fast- looming Euros, could it be a case of third time lucky or no fourth chance? More

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    Inside Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Monaco meeting where Man Utd chiefs ‘reached consensus to SACK Ten Hag’ before huge U-turn

    MANCHESTER UNITED club chiefs agreed to sack Erik ten Hag at a meeting in Monaco before making a dramatic U-turn, according to reports.The United boss was almost axed on several occasions but is now confirmed to be staying on in his post.Erik ten Hag saved his job by winning the FA CupCredit: ReutersClub chiefs including Sir David Brailsford had agreed to sack the DutchmanCredit: GettyCo-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe wanted to bring in his own manCredit: AlamyTen Hag came under pressure towards the end of the season before saving his job by winning the FA Cup.A meeting in Monaco involving director Sir Dave Brailsford as well as interim chief executive Jean-Claude Blanc and technical director Jason Wilcox resulted in the unanimous agreement Ten Hag should be sacked, report The Athletic.It was a consensus club chiefs had leaned towards in the days and weeks building up to the meeting, with United’s 4-0 loss at Crystal Palace a big concern.United bosses were worried about Ten Hag’s coaching and tactical selections, which almost saw the Red Devils knocked out of the FA Cup semi-final after throwing away a 3-0 lead against Coventry.READ MORE ON MAN UTDPrior to that Ten Hag was to be given the beginning of next season to try and turn around the club’s fortunes.But directors were also concerned with the mood around the training ground, while Sir Jim Ratcliffe was reportedly keen to bring in his own man.There were also concerns over Ten Hag’s vision for the future, and a clause in his contract which gave him the right to veto signings.Ten Hag was almost sacked before United’s game against Arsenal on May 12, with an interim coach considered.Most read in FootballErik ten Hag’s Man Utd recordHere is a look at Erik ten Hag’s record in charge of Manchester United.

    Games: 114
    Wins: 68
    Draws: 15
    Losses: 31
    Goals scored: 207
    Goals conceded: 156
    Points per game: 1.92
    Honours: EFL Cup x1 (2023), FA Cup x1 (2024)

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    United also spoke to Thomas Tuchel and Roberto De Zerbi about succeeding the Dutchman, and came as close as discussing finances with the pair.Ten Hag was granted a stay of execution following wins against Newcastle and Brighton, and by winning the FA Cup he achieved qualification for the Europa League to boost the club’s coffers. Gary Neville fears ‘first ever lawsuit’ for Stick to Football after Patrick Vieira’s seven-word comment about Man Utd More

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    Tottenham’s record signing wakes up unemployed as he is released after winning three trophies in two seasons

    TANGUY NDOMBELE has been cut loose by Tottenham.The French flop, 27, remains Spurs’ record signing after joining from Lyon for £60million in 2019.Tottenham have mutually terminated Tanguy Ndombele’s contract a year earlyCredit: GettyBut he fell out of favour with then-boss Jose Mourinho and did not convince any of the managers that followed the Special One.After three successive loans to Lyon, Napoli and Galatasaray – all of whom decided not to take up an option to sign him permanently – Spurs have now decided to pay him up with a year remaining on his deal.The club confirmed Ndombele’s exit on social media, with his contract mutually terminated.His departure will become effective on June 30 following the conclusion of his loan spell at Galatasaray.READ MORE FOOTBALL NEWSNdombele made 26 appearances in Turkey, providing one assist as Galatasaray won the league title.The triumph follows his trophy success in Napoli during the 2022/23 campaign.He scored once in 30 Serie A appearances for the club as they ended their 33-year wait for the Scudetto.Ndombele was unable to help end Tottenham’s trophy drought during his time in England, though.Most read in FootballEURO 2024 FREE BETS AND OFFERSDuring his five years in North London, the midfielder made 91 appearances across all competitions.He also scored 10 goals and provided nine assists in those appearances.Tottenham launch bizarre ad to reveal new kit with Gavin and Stacey star, Maddison playing darts and Peter CrouchHowever, Ndombele has not featured for Spurs since appearing against Morecambe in the FA Cup in January 2022.Spurs previously confirmed the exits of four other first-team players at the end of the month.Tottenham’s top 10 biggest signings: Hit or miss?
    1) Tanguy Ndombele – £52.7m
    Ndombele joined from Lyon in 2019 with huge expectations after shattering Tottenham’s transfer record.
    But he would go on to play just 91 times for the club, scoring 10 goals and is now set to leave one year before the end of his contract.
    2) Richarlison – £49.3m
    Richarlison almost broke the £50m mark when he arrived from Everton in 2022 as Harry Kane’s back-up.
    And while his tally of 12 goals this season was a significant increase on the three from his opening Spurs campaign, he is being linked with a departure this summer.
    3) Brennan Johnson – £46.8m
    Johnson was signed by Ange Postecoglou last summer and has impressed in patches during his first season in North London.
    He scored five goals and 10 assists in 38 games and will look to build on that in the 2024/25 campaign.
    4) Cristian Romero – £44.2m
    Romero initially joined on loan from Atalanta in 2021, before his impressive displays saw him secure a permanent deal the following year.
    He is two games shy of 100 for Spurs and, while he can be reckless with his tackling at times, is beginning to form a promising partnership with Micky van de Ven.
    5) James Maddison – £39.4m
    Maddison was handed Kane’s No10 shirt after arriving at Spurs and hit the ground running with three goals and five assists in his opening 11 matches.
    But after getting injured against Chelsea in October, he failed to return with the same sharpness – managing just five goal contributions in 15 league matches as he missed out on England’s final 26-man squad for the Euros.
    6) Davinson Sanchez – £35.7m
    Sanchez joined Spurs from Ajax in 2017 and played more than 200 games across a six-year spell.
    But he was always considered a somewhat erratic defender who did not play more than 20 games in a Premier League season from 2020 onwards.
    7) Pedro Porro – £34m
    Porro was another signing who originally arrived on loan in January 2023, before he signed permanently last summer.
    He has 54 appearances for Spurs under his belt, scoring seven goals and impressing under Postecoglou this season.
    8) Micky van de Ven – £34m
    Rapid Dutch centre-back Van de Ven was named Spurs Player of the Season in his first campaign at the club.
    His pace, athleticism, and technical ability on the ball have made him arguably Postecoglou’s best signing to date.
    9) Moussa Sissoko – £29.8m
    Sissoko came to North London for a substantial fee after being relegated with Newcastle and went on to enjoy five years at Tottenham, playing more than 200 games.
    Unfortunately for the French midfielder, he is best-known for giving away a controversial penalty for handball in the first minute of Spurs’ 2-0 Champions League final defeat to Liverpool in 2019.
    10) Giovani Lo Celso – £27.2m
    Lo Celso joined on loan from Real Betis in 2019 – a deal that was made permanent the following season.
    He has 10 goals and eight assists in 108 games, with some Spurs fans still unsure about the Argentine.

    Eric Dier and Ivan Perisic have already agreed free transfers to Bayern Munich and Hajduk Split, respectively.Meanwhile, Ryan Sessegnon and Japhet Tanganga will also depart at the end of their deals. More

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    Man Utd ‘draw up three-man striker shortlist including Ivan Toney’ as England star’s transfer value is revealed

    MANCHESTER UNITED have drawn up a three-man shortlist of striker targets, according to reports.The Red Devils are understood to be looking to bolster their attacking options ahead of next season.Ivan Toney is on Manchester United’s three-man striker shortlistCredit: GettyJonathan David is also an option for United this summerCredit: GettyBologna forward Joshua Zirkzee is understood to have a £34million release clauseCredit: GettyESPN report United’s wishlist includes Ivan Toney, Jonathan David and Joshua Zirkzee.Both Toney and David are set to enter the final year of their contracts at Brentford and Lille, respectively.However, Brentford are still set to demand £50million for England star Toney, the report adds.Meanwhile, Zirkzee’s Bologna contract includes a £34million release clause this summer.READ MORE ON MAN UTDDespite the uncertainty surrounding Erik ten Hag’s future, United are pushing ahead with their transfer business.The club are keen to add a striker, with Rasmus Hojlund the only senior centre-forward at Old Trafford.Anthony Martial is set to leave on a free transfer at the end of the month, whilst United have missed out on Benjamin Sesko.The Slovenian is expected to pen a new deal with RB Leipzig following links with a move to the Premier League.Most read in FootballCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSSunSport’s verdict on Man Utd flopsSir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos have a busy summer ahead to get Man Utd’s squad in order for next season. Below SunSport gives it verdict on how they should deal with the Red Devils flops this summer.
    Andre Onana – STAY: After a dodgy start at Old Trafford Onana has proven to be one of the more reliable members of the squad this season despite being peppered with shots constantly.
    Altay Bayindir – GO: Reports in February suggested Bayindir was unhappy with his bit part role at Man Utd amid interest from Turkish giants Galatasaray. If profit can be made on a sale then it should be done.
    Tom Heaton – STAY: Veteran goalkeeper Heaton, 38, is a reliable back-up and is on a relatively small wage at the club. So long as he is happy it makes sense to keep him.
    Aaron Wan-Bissaka – GO: Wan-Bissaka, 26, has never managed to make the right-back position his own. With his contract up in 2025 it makes sense to cash in now.
    Diogo Dalot – STAY: Dalot, 26, has been one of Man Utd’s most consistent performers this season.
    Raphael Varane – GO: If it wasn’t for his injury record there would be a strong shout to keep Varane, but costs need to be cut to allow the squad to be freshened up.
    Harry Maguire – GO: Maguire has showed he has the right character to be at Man Utd but overall ability and desired profile are another matter, with Maguire too slow to play in a high line defence.
    Lisandro Martinez – STAY: Martinez, 26, is second to none in terms of build up play. He needs a long-term defensive partner on the right side and to cut out the injuries which have plagued him this season.
    Jonny Evans – GO: Veteran campaigner Evans could easily be on the stay list if he was only going to be a bit part player. But he has shown his advanced years at times this season.
    Victor Lindelof – GO:  Lindelof, 29, has been reliable if not unremarkable in his Man Utd career. He has one year left on his contract so should be moved on if a decent transfer fee can be got for him.
    Willy Kambwala – STAY: He should be given the opportunity to mature for a few years behind a senior CB pairing before stepping into the first team as a starter or being moved on.
    Luke Shaw – GO: One of the Premier League’s best left-backs when fit, Shaw has been a good servant when available. But alas that has been his Achilles heel once again this season.
    Tyrell Malacia – STAY: Malacia, 24, was decent enough to earn some merit in his first season at Man Utd before injury ended his season and inadvertently led to his second season being a write off.
    Sofyan Amrabat – GO: Amrabat, 27, looked like a world beater at the Qatar World Cup with Morocco. But he’s had an underwhelming season in England and his loan spell will almost certainly not be made permanent.
    Casemiro – GO: An alarming physical decline has seen him turn from key star to burden. If a club is willing to buy the 32-year-old – who has two more years on his contract – then United should snatch their hand off.
    Christian Eriksen – GO: Eriksen proved a useful asset and Ineos should look to bring in another player with similar traits, but frankly his legs have looked gone towards the end of this season.
    Kobbie Mainoo – STAY: The first of the so-called untouchables, Mainoo has been a rare glimmer of hope in the Red Devils midfield this season.
    Mason Mount – STAY: Mount can be given the benefit of the doubt until summer 2025 at least after a debut season riddled with injury.
    Scott McTominay – STAY: McTominay, 27, has proven himself to be a brilliant plan B off the bench this season, and that is exactly why Ineos should look to keep him.
    Bruno Fernandes – STAY: Man Utd’s best player since his arrival just over four years ago, Fernandes, 29, remains second-to-none when it comes to creating chances while his tenacity boosts those around him.
    Antony – GO: There’s a case to argue that Antony may be the worst pound-for-pound signing in Premier League history. Despite some memorable moments he simply isn’t Man Utd quality.
    Anthony Martial – GO: Ultimately Martial needs to be let go when his deal runs out this summer after an appalling injury record of late.
    Marcus Rashford – STAY: As easy as it would be to say Rashford should leave the club this summer, it is difficult to look at the market and find many available players capable of scoring 30 goals a season.
    Alejandro Garnacho – STAY: Another third of the untouchables trio, Garnacho has made the right-wing his own since coming into it. He’s a raw talent but has shown he has the quality to improve.
    Rasmus Hojlund – STAY: A slow burner in his first Man Utd season, the 21-year-old has often been starved of supply which has led to him being unable to get the goals his movement and unselfish play often merits.
    Amad Diallo – STAY: In the fleeting moments he has been on the pitch for Man Utd this season, Diallo has looked dangerous and exciting. He should be given a chance to flourish with some proper chances in the first team across a whole season.

    United have now identified their alternative targets in the position, though.Toney scored four goals in 17 Premier League appearances for Brentford last term after returning from his betting ban.Who’s left in the running to be next Man Utd manager?The 28-year-old’s form was also enough to earn him a place in the Three Lions squad for Euro 2024.As for David, only Kylian Mbappe scored more than his 19 Ligue 1 goals for Lille.Elsewhere, Zirkzee scored 11 and added five assists in a slightly deeper role for Bologna as they qualified for the Champions League.THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY..The Sun is your go to destination for the best football, boxing and MMA news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video.Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheSunFootball and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunFootball. More

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    Forgotten ex-Premier League star who won title under Man Utd coach arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling

    FORMER Premier League star Ronnie Stam has been arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling and money laundering.The Dutch defender spent three top-flight seasons with Wigan, making 73 Latics appearances.Ronnie Stam played for Wigan in the Premier LeagueCredit: Action Images – ReutersHe also figured in their FA Cup-winning run of 2013, although did not play in their 1-0 final win over Manchester City.Stam signed for Wigan in a £2million deal from FC Twente in 2010.He subsequently moved on to Belgians Standard Liege in 2013 before ending his career with hometown club NAC Breda.Dutch police reportedly seized the 39-year-old earlier this week as part of their investigation into large-scale drugs offences.READ MORE IN FOOTBALLSources told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad that Stam’s parents and girlfriend were also taken into custody.Cops are understood to have launched their probe following a series of phone taps in 2021 and 2022.The ex-player’s brother was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison in March for cocaine trafficking and money laundering.He remains free on appeal.Most read in FootballStam’s parents were charged with money laundering and cannabis cultivation in 2016 after police found €40,000 (£33,800) in cash hidden behind a washing machine at their home.However the couple were cleared after they and Stam claimed the money was part of the footballer’s earnings.Football icons’ strange hobbiesStam won the Eredivisie title with Twente, managed by ex-England boss Steve McClaren, in 2010 to land his move to the Premier League.But he could now face several years in jail if convicted.Who are these famous footballers? More