“I sincerely hope”… An expert wants the coach to reject Manchester United, he is not “qualified” for it

We have been here before. An FA Cup final is approaching with a Dutch manager facing an endless barrage of questions over his future and Manchester United reportedly looking for a replacement.

Let’s hope the omens are good. He Red Devils They emerged victorious in 2016, defeating Crystal Palace and stopping Alan Pardew’s merry dance as Jesse Lingard ensured the Louis van Gaal era ended with drops of champagne falling from the Wembley sky.

Will Erik ten Hag’s reign end on a similarly festive note?

That depends, of course, on whether Manchester United can exact revenge on bitter rivals Man City and do on Saturday what they failed to do 12 months ago in a replay of last year’s FA Cup decider.

Ipswich Town head coach Kieran McKenna celebrates after the team's victory during the Carabao Cup third round match between Ipswich Town and...
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Manchester United eyes Ipswich manager Kieran McKenna

Speculation surrounding Ten Hag’s future is a distraction that United could have done without, of course, without The Times adding to the uncertainty on Thursday when it reported that a list of four replacements had been drawn up.

On that supposed list is Brentford manager Thomas Frank, a suddenly free agent Mauricio Pochettino, 2021 Champions League winner Thomas Tuchel, and also a man who was part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backroom staff and Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford.

Kieran McKenna, who is only 38 and has never taken sole charge of a club above Championship level, would obviously be the most surprising appointment.

Simon Jordan, the former president turned pundit, is wary of a classic case of “too much too soon” at a time when Vincent Kompany is heading to Bayern Munich and Chelsea are weighing up a move for Leicester City’s Enzo Maresca.

“I believe that none of those managers (McKenna and Maresca) are qualified to be able to operate at that level. They just knocked teams out of the championship. They are very young coaches,” former Crystal Palace boss Jordan tells talkSPORT (May 23, 10am).

“I sincerely hope Kieran McKenna doesn’t fall into the trap that so many managers fall into: ‘I can’t resist the opportunity.'”

Erik ten Hag could leave after the FA Cup final

McKenna, says BBC Sport, feels he may have taken Ipswich as far as he could after the glory of successive promotions. The Northern Irishman is unlikely to sign new terms at Portman Road.

Jordan, however, feels McKenna should not view Man United’s interest as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. As Kompany’s imminent move to Bavaria demonstrates, a flourishing reputation and a penchant for beautiful football can survive even relegation.

“Back off. You just saw Vincent Kompany’s absurd position when moving from Burnley to Bayern Munich, so he is tearing up the rule book. “People are willing to make exceptions based on people’s willingness to try to play a certain way,” Jordan adds.

“Both (Maresca and McKenna) have done very well. The phenomenal story is Kieran McKenna. I still think Kieran McKenna should stay at Ipswich. (People will say) ‘He can’t miss that opportunity.’ ‘Of course he has to go!’

“Well, no, of course you don’t have to go!”

Like Tuchel and Pochettino, another of the managers who was reportedly on Man United’s radar has left his club. Bologna confirmed the departure of Thiago Motta on Thursday, just after sealing qualification for the Champions League for the first time.

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