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INEOS Eyes Graham Potter for Manchester United Role if Erik ten Hag Departs

Graham Potter is a top choice for manager after after INEOS takes over, if Manchester United part ways with Erik ten Hag.

According to The Sun, former Chelsea boss Graham Potter is being lined up to replace Erik ten Hag as Manchester United manager after meeting with incoming investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

After crashing out of the Champions League, Erik Ten Hag has come under pressure with Man United, losing three of their last four games, including the humiliating 3-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth before Tuesday night’s loss to Bayern Munich.

The stories making the rounds have it that Graham Potter, who has been unemployed since Chelsea fired him in April, is currently being considered should the incoming INEOS executives not see improved results.

Graham Potter was reportedly consulted by Ratcliffe and his group in the past, and they even gave him some thought when it came to managing a Ligue 1 team owned by them, OGC Nice.

Sir Dave Brailsford, the INEOS director of sport, has been carrying out a full audit at Old Trafford in readiness for the new structure, which will see INEOS take total control of football operations.

Brailsford’s priority is to improve the football department’s operational structure rather than focus solely on the manager. However, Ratcliffe’s goals remain mostly unclear, as Nice has seen five manager changes in the previous four years.

There are question marks over whether United could afford to change the whole coaching team at the club and still remain within the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules.

While the Premier League may need up to two months to legally approve Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s investment in United, it is anticipated the deal will be finalized in the next few days.

As United travel to Anfield on Sunday, where they lost 7-0 last season, a similar defeat would place Ten Hag even under more pressure.

Although one could make a case for the injury crisis ladened within the squad, it is reportedly considered that United’s injury crisis is seen as at least some mitigation for the recent poor results, and there is still broad alignment with the Dutchman’s long-term vision.

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