AJAX’S technical chief admits the Dutch giants fear it will be tough to stop manager Erik Ten Hag taking over at Manchester United.
Gerry Hamstra says Ajax ‘know how the world works’ after Ten Hag emerged as favourite to become Old Trafford boss in the summer.
Hamstra is realistic but insists the Dutchman is focused on his current job.
The technical manager told Voetbal International: “It would be fantastic if he is still Ajax’s coach next season.
“He still has an ongoing contract with Ajax, but we also all know how the world works.
“Erik is a professional and focuses on this season himself, on the important months ahead in which the prizes will be distributed.
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“The future will tell, but it is clear that Erik is very important for Ajax.”
Ten Hag has reportedly been interviewed by United as they seek a permanent replacement for interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
And SunSport revealed last week the 52-year-old has strengthened his grip on pole position.
Dossiers on all candidates were prepared and assessed.
And the former Bayern Munich reserve boss easily came out on top – ahead of PSG’s former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel catapulted into contention this month
But he now seems down the list as the Red Devils fear turmoil over the Blues’ takeover offers could linger on well into summer.