Manchester United clarify Chris Armas, Sascha Lense and Ewan Sharp contract situations

Ralf Rangnick says Manchester United’s three recent coaching staff additions are only contracted to the club until the end of the season.

Since Rangnick was appointed interim manager, he has hired Chris Armas as an assistant coach, Ewan Sharp as a coach and analyst, as well as Sascha Lense, the club’s first-ever contracted sports psychologist.

Michael Carrick left before Rangnick took official charge while Kieran McKenna has taken over as manager of Ipswich Town, with assistance from Martyn Pert. Mike Phelan is still the United assistant manager.

Rangnick suggested Armas, Sharp and Lense could all stay beyond the end of the season even though United intend to appoint a new permanent manager in the summer.

“Yes, their contracts are, like mine, running until the end of the season but this doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t be able to stay beyond that stage with the club,” Rangnick stressed. “It also depends on what might happen in the summer, so nobody can answer that question right now.

“I’ve worked with all three of them in the past and know how good they are so, again, this is a question that needs to be answered maybe in April or May.”

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Phelan rejoined United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December 2018 and received a new three-year contract earlier this year but has come under mounting pressure to walk following Solskjaer’s sacking and the departures of Carrick, McKenna and Pert.

Rangnick said earlier this month: “Mike Phelan is not watching the training sessions – he also didn’t do that when Ole was in charge – but he’s also part of the training group of the staff.

“But he is never on the pitch when we train. He’s not out there and he didn’t do that when Ole was in charge, as I said. Chris will not replace Mike but much rather Michael Carrick.”

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