Jim Ratcliffe ‘angry’ with Man United players behaviour, as he wants Dan Ashworth in place for key decision


HITC understands Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants Dan Ashworth to start work in June to facilitate the club’s major moves this summer, which could yet mean a new head coach being installed. 

INEOS’ initial review of the club and its football process has been completed by Sir Dave Brailsford – who is continuing to look at the inner-workings at Old Trafford and beyond.

Putting together the hierarchy within the footballing department has been key to how United have progressed since INEOS and Sir Jim Ratcliffe secured their minority slice of the club earlier this year.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS working hard on footballing staff

With INEOS CEO Jean-Claude Blanc and director of sport Brailsford sitting on the board, Ratcliffe has assembled his team to manage United’s football department at the highest level.

From there, Brailsford and Blanc have assembled the group that will manage the club day-to-day.

Omar Berrada is joining from Manchester City as CEO, but Ashworth is the person they want for the most important sporting director position.

Since Ashworth announced his intention to relocate to Old Trafford and was put on gardening leave by Newcastle United, talks have continued.

As the two clubs attempt to work out a deal, HITC can disclose that Ratcliffe has taken matters further in recent weeks by having discussions with Amanda Staveley, the director of Newcastle. The North East team has been requesting £20 million in order to terminate Ashworth’s contract.

Ratcliffe is putting pressure on Ashworth to take over before the summer session begins, since HITC knows he might be assigned to find a new head coach. The team also want to hire Jason Wilcox from Southampton as their technical director, who will report to Ashworth.

HITC can reveal that Ractliffe is a huge admirer of many parts of Erik Ten Hag’s work as the first-team manager, especially when it comes to developing young players.

The team’s performance, sources have consistently told HITC, will be the deciding factor. Although United has advanced to the FA Cup semifinals, many within the organization are concerned about the team’s league form as of late. They have dropped to seventh place in the Premier League after winning just one of their last seven games.

Ratcliffe is keen to have Ashworth in charge of the process, even though HITC is aware that United has been investigating possible replacement managers in case Ten Hag needs to be replaced.

Ratcliffe wants to cut out leaks and indiscipline amongst players

According to information provided to HITC, Ratcliffe is “angry” about a few things at the club, including the frequent leaks that come out of it and the way the club is criticized on social media.

Jadon Sancho’s social media outburst against Ten Hag caused the club to let him go, but this past weekend, Argentine sensation Alejandro Garnacho liked tweets criticizing the Dutchman after being replaced during the 2-2 draw against Bournemouth.

Although United maintains that the matter is over, Ratcliffe and other members of the club’s administration are not happy. Ten Hag has previously spoken with Garnacho on his usage of social media.

Ratcliffe will not get personally involved in club discipline, but he has already made it known that he backed Ten Hag over the Sancho situation and going forward he will not put up with further indiscipline at any level of the club with particular focus on the players.

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