Ten Hag attends top coaches' forum
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag used the first day of the World Cup break to attend UEFA’s Elite Club Coaches Forum in Nyon, Switzerland.
The annual meeting, which has returned following a two-year break due to the Covid pandemic, saw top European coaches gather at the House of European Football to exchange views on a number of issues relating to European club competitions, ahead of the introduction of new formats in 2024.
Also up for discussion were various topics and challenges concerning their work, including the Video Assistant Referee system and the issue of respect for referees in the game.
Ten Hag flew out to Switzerland in the aftermath of United’s dramatic 2-1 win at Fulham and the Dutchman was joined by a Premier League peer, in West Ham boss and former Reds manager David Moyes, while ex-Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez was also present.
Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid), Luciano Spalletti (Napoli), Paulo Fonseca (Lille), Christophe Galtier (PSG), Oliver Glasner (Eintracht Frankfurt), Roger Schmidt (Benfica) and Thomas Tuchel also attended and Erik was appreciative of the opportunity to come together and share knowledge for the benefit of the wider game.
“We met in a little bit more relaxed ambience to talk about the game, coaching, managing and training, and to learn from each other,” said Ten Hag.
“So it is really good. It is also good to meet with UEFA, to give opinions and tell what’s on our minds. It’s about making the game better.”
This was the 22nd edition of the Elite Club Coaches Forum and a number of former United managers, including Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have been present at the event in past years to discuss the sport's development and the Laws of the Game.
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