Manchester United BAN journalists from Erik ten Hag’s press conference over reports of dressing room losing ‘trust’ in manager
United banned journalists for articles without contacting the club, per statement.
Erik ten Hag during the pre-match press conference. (Screengrab via YouTube/HaytersTV)
Things are not good for Manchester United. The team is massively underperforming, with many players out with injuries, many players aiming to leave the club, and their fans protesting every other week as their beloved ‘Theater of Dreams’ breaks down. In a new development, their manager, Erik ten Hag, and the club have banned several media houses from attending the pre-match press conference.
Journalists from Sky Sports, the Manchester Evening News, The Mirror, and ESPN have been banned. It is not known if it is a temporary ban or a permanent one, but time will tell. In a statement by the club, they say they have banned these journalists for publishing negative stories regarding the club. They claimed it was not because of the negative stories, but because they were published without them contacting the club.
We are taking action against several news organizations today. Not for publishing stories we don’t like, but for doing so without contacting us first and allowing us to comment, challenge, or contextualize.
Ten Hag backed the decision, saying news outlets should contact the club first before publishing articles behind the club’s back. In the press conference, he took questions regarding United’s recent form, his plans, and his relationship with his players.
Sky Sports reported Erik ten Hag had a falling out with his dressing room
Kaveh Solhekol, Sky Sports Chief reporter, published an article on the 5th of December where he stated that Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, lost over 50% of his dressing room. Many sources indicate that has happened, with his treatment of forward Jadon Sancho being a huge factor.
The dressing room is not content with many qualities of the Dutch manager, with many confused at the situation. Many players are unhappy with the style of play, training methods, and man-management. Some senior players spoke with Ten Hag as well, stating their concerns for the future of the club. Some find him robotic and rigid, as he does not tend to change things.
In the press conference, Ten Hag claimed there were no issues with him and the players. He said he listens to his players but not many come up to talk to him. He further added that the players were happy with the way they were playing- Proactive, dynamic, brave.
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