MANCHESTER, April 2 — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said Ajax Amsterdam manager Erik ten Hag could be a strong candidate to succeed him.
Ten Hag is also among a handful of names linked to Manchester United’s top job, with caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick’s tenure set to end after the current season.
Guardiola joined City in 2016 and has a contract until the end of next season. The Spaniard said in January that he could make a decision on his future at the end of this season.
“Could Erik ten Hag be here at City? Absoutely. I think he could be the one,” Guardiola told British media yesterday. “For the way he approaches the game, definitely.”
Guardiola worked with Ten Hag at Bundesliga club Bayern Munich for two seasons when Ten Hag was in charge of the second team.
The 52-year-old was named by Ajax in the 2017-18 campaign and led them to the Dutch league title in 2019 and 2021, as well as the Champions League semi-finals in 2019 .
“For his qualities, you only have to look at his Ajax team in recent years,” Guardiola said.
“It’s a joy to watch and in many games, not just the year they got to the Champions League semi-finals, but with small details they would have reached that final.”
Ten Hag told German TV channel Sport1 he couldn’t rule out leaving Ajax this summer.
“My focus right now is just on Ajax,” Ten Hag said. “But in football, you never know.”
When asked to confirm if he had spoken to United, he said: “Everyone knows each other in the industry. There are always discussions with representatives of other clubs, that’s normal. ― Reuters