Game Changer: Sir Jim Ratcliffe Sets Sights on Gareth Southgate for Man Utd’s Top Spot

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Reports suggest that Sir Jim Ratcliffe is confident in persuading Gareth Southgate to assume the helm at Manchester United, with the England boss emerging as the club’s top choice.

Despite Southgate’s ongoing contract with the Football Association, which extends until December, discussions regarding his future have been postponed until after Euro 2024. This delay has provided Ratcliffe with an opportunity to pursue Southgate and entice him to Old Trafford in hopes of rejuvenating the club’s fortunes under new leadership.

Manchester United would need to pay approximately £800,000 in compensation to the FA for Southgate’s services, prompting the club to urge him to make a decision promptly to facilitate alternative managerial options for the upcoming season.

Ratcliffe’s confidence in Southgate’s suitability for the role has been reinforced by consultations with former Manchester United players, who have overwhelmingly endorsed the England manager.

Moreover, Southgate enjoys support from key figures within the club, including some current players and incoming director of football Dan Ashworth, with whom he shares a close relationship from their time together at the FA.

The prospect of leading Manchester United presents an enticing opportunity for Southgate to return to club management, having last managed Middlesbrough in 2009.

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Despite the potential success of current manager Ten Hag, Ratcliffe harbors doubts about his ability to sustainably guide the club to success. Thus, despite the financial implications of parting ways with Ten Hag, Ratcliffe prioritizes appointing a manager capable of orchestrating a resurgence for Manchester United.

As Manchester United fans eagerly await developments in the managerial saga, the potential arrival of Southgate at Old Trafford adds another layer of intrigue to the captivating narrative.

The 53-year-old is set to return to the dugout with the England national team on Saturday during a friendly against Brazil at Wembley.

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