Erik ten Hag's First INEOS Recruit 'Already in UK' After Signing Manchester United Contract

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Manchester United are set to confirm the return of club icon Ruud van Nistelrooy, who is reportedly already in the UK and ready to commence pre-season preparations. Van Nistelrooy is an exciting addition to Erik ten Hag's coaching staff as part of INEOS' structural shake-up, with Go Ahead Eagles boss Rene Hake also poised to join Carrington.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe's group has overseen significant changes off the pitch, appointing a new chief executive, sporting director, technical director, and a director of global talent.

The focus has now shifted to reshaping Ten Hag's backroom staff, which will see at least two prominent figures from his first two seasons in charge depart.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Van Nistelrooy and Hake will both join the 54-year-old's new-look bench, adding to the Dutch contingent he has already formed at Old Trafford.

The report adds that Van Nistelrooy has signed a two-year contract and is in Manchester, ready to be unveiled as one of Ten Hag's assistants.

Burnley had identified Van Nistelrooy as their priority managerial target to help guide them back to the Premier League after last season's relegation.

However, United swiftly secured his services, and he chose to return to the club where he scored 150 goals in 219 appearances from 2001 to 2006.

Van Nistelrooy, 48, has made a promising start to his senior coaching career after working in PSV Eindhoven's U17, U19, and U21 setups and serving as Guus Hiddink's assistant for the Netherlands national team.

He was appointed PSV manager in March 2022, lifting the Johan Cruyff Shield and KNVB Cup in his only full season before resigning due to a lack of support.

Meanwhile, Hake, who worked with Ten Hag in the FC Twente youth system and has remained a close friend, guided Go Ahead Eagles to their best Dutch Eredivisie finish in 15 years last season.

The 52-year-old has already confirmed that he is set to reunite with his old colleague at United.

"The feeling I have is difficult to describe, but this is, of course, a great opportunity for me," Hake told Voetbal International.

"Working in the biggest league in the world, at one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"It is also a wonderful reward for me. The fact that I can go to the top of the world from Go Ahead Eagles is unique.

"Of course, I am grateful to Erik for this opportunity, but it is not about us knowing each other well. We just have to do good work.

"Erik has a role in mind for me, we discussed that. As in any staff, all tasks are divided among the assistants."