SportsTalk reported on December 17 that “The Times” reporter Jonathan Northcroft wrote a column and talked about some situations in Ten Hag’s previous coaching career.
The principles adopted by Ten Hag when managing Manchester United are exactly the same as those he coached 20 years ago. Some of the ways to motivate players include lengthy and The strenuous “hard training” required the starting eleven to repeatedly rehearse the formation on the training ground, and the team that lost the training match was punished with a run. Some people within the team suspected that the latter might be related to Manchester United’s high injury rate. And think the former’s training method is boring, especially when you participate in training but are not the starter.
However, these methods brought Ten Hag extraordinary success before coaching Manchester United. According to a player of the Eredivisie team Go Forward Eagles he once coached, he once asked for 2 minutes to complete the training run during training and shouted: “I asked for 2 minutes, not 2 minutes and 10 seconds, nor 1 minute. 50 seconds.”
Utrecht Club General Manager Van Schack also said that Ten Hag is a “control freak”, hurry up People were “going crazy”, and at first players would go to Van Schalk’s office to complain about the amount of training. However, Ten Hag ultimately used the league’s tenth budget to bring Utrecht to fourth place. When he was confirmed to be coaching at Ajax, the Utrecht players sang his praises in the dressing room.
At Ajax, the players also criticized Ten Hag’s tough style, and the media criticized him and the team. The stars “lacked tacit understanding”, and in the locker room, Ten Hag was given the disrespectful nickname “Egg Head”. However, he once again had the last laugh at Ajax, becoming one of the most successful managers in the club’s history and making discipline, intensity, highly polished preparation and fitness his calling cards. All this, combined with a belief in attacking football, led to his eventual selection as Manchester United manager.