Following his appointment at Manchester United, Dutchman, Erik Ten Hag had a sloppy start to the season with a loss 1-2 to Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford and a 4-0 defeat to Brentford in the English premier league.
However, the former Ajax man went on to win 4 English premier league games in a row, including a win over Jurgen Klopp’s struggling Liverpool and Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.
The Dutchman who was once a player played as a center-back for several teams in the Dutch league, including Twente (three spells), De Graafschap, RKC Waalwijk, and Utrecht before proceeding to establish his career as a coach.
Here we will look at the clubs that Erik Ten Hag has coached thus far in his managerial career and his achievement at these clubs. Since the start of his managerial career in 2012, Erik Ten Hag has managed to coach five teams over a time span of about ten years including a five-year stay at the Netherlands side, Ajax.
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It was in the Eredivisie that he carved a niche for himself as a decent manager based on his achievements with the Eredivisie giants.
It can be said that it was his managerial prowess with Ajax that made Manchester United go all out to acquire the Dutchman’s signature and thus far the experience at Old Trafford is decent for now.
Erik Ten Hag Teams Coached
Here are the teams Erik Ten Hag has coached so far.
- Go Ahead Eagles
- Bayern Munich II
- Manchester United
1. Go Ahead Eagles – (2012-2013)
It can be recalled that he was appointed in 2012 by Marc Overmars, who was then a shareholder of the Eerste Divisie side. Erik Ten Hag during his management at the club and his first managerial career in his life led the Eerste Divisie side to their very first promotion to the Netherlands’ top league, the Eredivisie in seventeen (17) years.
The manager who was just 42 years old made a flying start as he is well known for considering even the minor details in his management.
2. Bayern Munich II – (2013-2015)
Having brought Netherland’s side, Go Ahead Eagles to enjoy a top flight in the Eredivisie in 2013 following their 17 years old stay in the Eerste Divisie, Erik Ten Hag began aspiring for more managerial roles.
This led him to German side Bayern Munich II where he had to coach the Bayern Munich reserve team which was playing in the Regionalliga Bayern having become runners-up in the 2012-2013 season.
At Bayern Munich II, Erik Ten Hag helped the German side to a 2013-2014 Regionalliga Bayern title, having been runners-up in the 2012-2013 season.
During his time at Bayern Munich, he had the opportunity of working with current Manchester City coach and tactician, Pep Guardiola, who was managing the senior side of the German club, Bayern Munich at the time.
3. FC Utrecht – (2015-2017)
Following his decision to leave the German side, Erik Ten Hag decided to return to management at a senior side, albeit it was a return to the Netherlands.
Ten Hag was appointed by Eredivisie side, Utrecht as a manager and as a sporting director, where he helped the club to a fifth-place finish in his first season (2015-2016).
They also made a fourth-place finish in his second season (2016-2017) when the Netherlands side made a return to European football, the UEFA Europa league.
4. Ajax – (2017-2022)
Having dismissed their then manager, Marcel Keizer, Eredivisie giants, Ajax appointed Erik Ten Hag on the 21st of December, 2017, as his replacement.
At Ajax, Erik Ten Hag enjoyed the best years of his managerial career so far, reaching the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League semi-final where he was defeated by English premier league side, Tottenham Hotspur 3-3 on aggregate.
It can be recalled that they earlier defeated Real Madrid 1-4 at the Santiago Bernabeu to progress to the last four stages of the UCL. He also won his first trophy as a manager in the 2018–19 KNVB Cup where they defeated Willem II in the final.
The manager went on to win several Eredivisie titles during his time at the club and made several UEFA Champions League appearances where his side was a thorn in the flesh, before moving on to the English premier league to become Manchester United manager.
5. Manchester United – (2022-Present)
Having hunted for a manager to take over from Ralf Rangnick who was appointed as the interim Manchester United manager following the sack of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United appointed Erik Ten Hag to take over the helms at the club.
However, the manager’s time at the club did not begin with a flying start as he was defeated 1-2 by Brighton at the Old Trafford stadium despite having a brilliant preseason, which included a 4-0 win against league rivals Liverpool.
The manager went on to suffer a 4-0 defeat against Brentford despite fielding a very strong starting eleven. His first English premier league win at Manchester United was hard fought and it came against Southampton when the host team was defeated 0-1 by the red Manchester side.
Erik Ten Hag is looking to have a great time at the club as he looks to end their trophy drought.
In his managerial career, there are a lot of teams that Erik Ten Hag has coached so far. However, his best was at Ajax where he managed to win several league titles and a few other domestic trophies.
Regardless, we, alongside other football enthusiasts are looking to see what the Dutchman will achieve at the English side, Manchester United, and if he can bring back the glory days of Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
Kenneth is a an avid soccer follower, fan and writer. He is a consistent follower of the sport and is a fan of Chelsea FC.