According to the latest reports, Erik ten Hag is the most likely candidate to replace interim coach Ralf Rangnick. The Dutchman is now more likely to be hired than Mauricio Pochettino, who has also been considered for some time in the course of working at Old Trafford.
As there is a growing belief in Manchester that The Hague will agree to the terms offered by the club, efforts are already being made to ensure that their staff are also of sufficient quality. The Red Devils want the 52-year-old to have the knowledge and experience of the Premier League.
Robin van Persie is one of the main contenders for a return to Old Trafford. The problem, however, is that he and Hague himself have to be mindful of the UK’s post-Brexit regulations. It means that all foreign players and coaching staff must obtain an exemption from the Governing Body (GBE) to work in England.
Van Persie may have trouble getting a work permit
According to British media, the lack of experience in coaching work at the highest level could mean that the former Arsenal and Manchester United player could face a problem during the application process. A sufficiently long tenure in this position is one of the factors that facilitate obtaining the appropriate permit.
Van Persie, who played 105 games for the Red Devils in 2012-2015 and scored 58 goals, has been a member of Feyenoord Rotterdam’s staff since May 2020. Initially, he worked as an unofficial assistant, focusing on attacking training under former coach Dick Advocaat.
As of May 2021, Van Persie coached Feyenoord’s Under-16 team, working alongside head coach Arne Sloot with the first team during his coaching days, but the former Dutch international cannot point to a long experience coaching at the higher levels. As a result, the FA may not be able to award him a GBE.
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