Erik ten Hag has responded to the Sky Sports reporter who was banned from his Manchester United press conferences, offering him a meeting to crush the matter.
Ten Hag had refused to answer Cotterill’s questions.
According to the Daily Mail, the United manager was still unhappy with the journalist after hounding him for an interview while at Ajax’s training center in April at the end of his final season in Eredivisie.
🗣 “It’s surprising to me that he looked surprised that England’s biggest football channel came to see how he was doing, maybe a bit of adaptation coming from him.”@gary_cotterill on Erik ten Hag brushing aside his Man United questions pic.twitter.com/nPPMLFqgC2
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 22, 2022
He also shunned Cotterill when he was at Crystal Palace on the closing day of United’s 2021/22 campaign.
The reporter was following Ten Hag to his car after Ralf Rangnick’s side lost 1-0. His security ensured that Cotterill did not enter the manager’s personal space, which he did not appreciate.
United have had a difficult start to the season, with back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Brentford.
After the 4-0 loss to Thomas Frank’s men, Cotterill mocked Ten Hag in a tweet.
This was reportedly another reason why he was denied the chance to interview the manager a few weeks ago.
However, the aforementioned Daily Mail report indicates that Ten Hag is looking for a clean slate with Cotterill.
A conversation between the two men to work things out should take place in the coming weeks.
Cotterill is believed to be receptive to the manager’s peace offer.
Ten Hag’s authority has shown a similar side to Sir Alex Ferguson in the media, but it also gives him the chance to show another side of his personality. If Cotterill’s negativity persists, or comes from another reporter, he won’t hesitate to give them the same treatment.
United did not restrict access to the club to any other Sky reporters, but expressed dissatisfaction with some of Sky’s criticism of the Glazer family.
Following news that Sir Jim Ratcliffe would like to buy the Old Trafford club, protests against current ownership have skyrocketed. Sky has been at the forefront of coverage globally.
United’s next game is against Arsenal, who are yet to lose a Premier League game this season.