Former Chelsea manager could replace Ten Hag at Manchester United under Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag before the match in the Champions League.

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Napoli could face competition from Manchester United for Graham Potter’s signature, as the defending Serie A Champions explore options to replace Rudi Garcia.

The Naples-based outfit, who won the title under Lucian Spalletti have had a slow start to the new campaign under Garcia, having won just five of their first nine league games.

According to The Sun, Napoli appreciate the work Potter did at Brighton and want to speak to him despite his underwhelming spell at Chelsea. It’s understood the Englishman is interested in the job at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona but is also keeping an ear out for United to call.

Erik ten Hag’s team has had no better start than Napoli, as they sit eighth on the Premier League table and have accumulated zero points from their opening two Champions League games. However, under the current leadership, the Dutchman’s job is thought to be safe for the moment.

According to the report, Potter is a possible candidate for United when “Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s team takes charge if the Red Devils’ owners-in-waiting decide to get rid of Erik ten Hag.”

Sir Dave Brailsford, who’s expected to be the football face of the potential takeover, likes Potter and wanted him at Ligue 1 outfit Nice.

That’s a lot of ifs and for now, it seems Napoli’s path is clear to open formal talks with Potter. It’s added that former Juventus and Inter manager Antonio Conte is also in the running to take over the helm.