Manchester United: Assistant Coaches Confirmed For Next Season

Written By Albert Echatah

Ruud van Nistelrooy rejoined Manchester United’s backroom staff in order to assist Erik ten Hag.

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Former United striker Van Nistelrooy is joined by former Go Ahead Eagles manager Rene Hake. The two assume the responsibilities vacated by Benni McCarthy and Mitchell van der Gaag, the leaving coaches.

Ten Hag revealed in a statement that Steve McClaren and Darren Fletcher will continue to be a member of his coaching staff: “I am delighted that Rene and Ruud have agreed to join our project, adding a wealth of experience, knowledge and new energy to the staff.

“Now is a good time to refresh the coaching team as we look to build on the achievements of the past two years and push to the next level.”

Hake, 52, and United manager Ten Hag have had similar career paths, having led Utrecht and the Go Ahead Eagles. Hake guided the Go Ahead Eagles to their highest finish in over 15 years last season, finishing ninth in the Eredivisie.

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Speaking on his gregarious colleagues, Ten Hag said: “Mitchell has decided that now is the right time for him to pursue his own ambitions in a number one position; I want to pay tribute to his fantastic service over the past two years, and also to Benni for his important contributions. We send them our thanks and best wishes for the future.”

Dan Ashworth, United’s recently appointed sporting director, said: “Together with Erik, we are working to strengthen all areas of our men’s first-team operations, and refreshing the coaching staff is an important part of that.

“It’s a particular pleasure to welcome Ruud back to the club where he enjoyed so much success as a player, and I know that he and Rene will help reinforce the winning mentality and high standards we are aiming for.”

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