Erik ten Hag has dropped the biggest hint yet over his future amid speculation linking him with the Manchester United job.
United are on the hunt for a permanent successor to take over from former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked last month following a disappointing run of results that left the club in eighth place in the table.
Newly-appointed interim coach Ralf Rangnick is set to be in charge until the end of the season, when the club hopes to then hand over the reigns to the next permanent manager.
Ten Hag is believed to be among several leading candidates for the role, alongside Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino and Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers.
The 51-year-old has guided the Dutch giants to two Eredivisie titles and two domestic cup triumphs since joining in 2017.
He also helped the team reach the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2018/19, only to lose to Pochettino’s Tottenham in a dramatic second-leg tie in Amsterdam.
But despite his success at Ajax, Ten Hag has now openly admitted that he thinks he’s ready to leave the Netherlands in order to take on a new challenge.
‘I think I’m ready for it. I would be happy to take on that challenge,’ he told de Volkskrant.
‘But I’m not chasing it. If it turns out that that step will never come, I will not say that my coaching career has failed.
‘But I think I have enough competences to take on that challenge.’
It is understood that Ajax would not stand in the way of Ten Hag if he wanted to join United, because they are understanding of his desire to progress his career.
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