Man Utd co-owner Ratcliffe appoints new manager at Nice

Tom Weber
Tom Weber
  • Updated: 7 Jun 2024 00:59 CDT
  • 3 min read
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Man Utd, 2023/24

INEOS have a 'total agreement' with RC Lens manager Franck Haise, according to French media.

Man Utd co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS allies are facing a summer of significant coaching headaches. A final decision on the future of Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford is expected shortly, while Francesco Farioli recently quit Nice to take over at Ajax.

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Sporting director Florent Ghisolfi, meanwhile, headed to Roma after becoming disillusioned with the INEOS project at Nice, leaving the club essentially a rudderless ship right now.

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However, it seems that a new manager is already on his way to southern France. According to L'Equipe, Nice have reached a 'total agreement' with RC Lens boss Franck Haise.

Franck Haise
© IMAGO - Franck Haise

Haise to Nice

The French outlet reports that Nice and Lens have agreed on a compensation worth a little over €2 million for the mastermind, who rebuilt the latter and even led them into the Champions League after finishing as Ligue 1 runners-up in 2023.

The 53-year-old tactician is set to sign a two-year deal at the Allianz Riviera and is expected to be supported in his work by Stade Rennais' Florian Maurice, who is in talks over becoming Nice's new sporting director.

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The INEOS-backed side will hope that the quick appointment of a new sporting hierarchy will prevent a major summer exodus of the playing squad. Captain Dante has already committed his future to the club for another year - despite being 40 years old - but it is unclear whether centre-back partner Jean-Clair Todibo is willing to do the same.

In fact, it seems highly unlikely. The Man Utd target has been flirting with a move away for some time and could be joined on the exit ramp by midfielder Khephren Thuram, who is keen to revive his career after a disappointing season under Farioli, whose defensive style curtailed the Frenchman's creativity.

Read more about: Ligue 1, Premier League, Man Utd, Nice

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