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Erik ten Hag downplays talk about future amid Ajax uncertainty

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has said he will not think about his future until he has fully processed Marc Overmars’ resignation.

Overmars left his position as director of football at Ajax after allegedly sending a series of inappropriate messages to several female colleagues.

The former Arsenal man had occupied his position since 2012 and has worked alongside Ten Hag ever since he took charge of the first team in 2017. In fact, Overmars would have had a hand to play in the managerial appointment.

They enjoyed a successful time together, which saw them win two league and cup doubles between 2019 and 2021, as well as the unbelievable Champions League run in 2019 when they reached the semi-finals.

Ten Hag has reacted to the news about Overmars for the first time, telling ESPN (cited by The Mirror): “Marc Overmars and me were definitely a strong duo. But to think about this now… it’s not about me now.

“We need to process what happened. I will start looking at the consequences. I won’t think about my future now.

“I’m fine, but I know what you mean. We’ve had incredibly bad days, of course. I was totally stunned when I heard it.

“This is disastrous. Especially for the victims; the women. I have a hard time with the suffering that has been caused to them.

“Everyone processes this in their own way. I then withdraw a bit and am a bit quieter than usual. As a coach you naturally have to radiate energy, but that was difficult the last few days.”

Ten Hag, as you will be aware, has been heavily linked with the United job.

Some outlets suggest that the United players have already decided who they want — with some said to be leaning towards Mauricio Pochettino, but Ten Hag could also be out of work soon.

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