After the defeat suffered by the Manchester United against him Watford, the output of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer it was inevitable after walking the edge of the abyss for a good amount of matchs. As inevitable as the name dance that began to circulate as Michael Carrick took over as interim coach. From Mauricio Pochettino to Zinedine Zidane, with several scales.
However, the Red Devils have everything agreed with a coach much less famous and who may not revolutionize social networks. This is the unknown Ralf Rangnick, a 63-year-old German who is currently developing as sports director of Lokomotiv Moscow and will assume the position in Old trafford on an interim basis for six months.
Now as a sports director at Lokomotiv Moscow.
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If it is strange that United turn to the services of this unknown coach, it is even more incomprehensible that the contract specifies who will take charge of the first team for six months on an interim basis. Yes, Rangnick will be on the Manchester bench until May, once the current season ends.
Among the questions that arise, the main one is why the club is willing to bring in another temporary technical director when Carrick is currently the one who occupies that position. Perhaps the explanation is that Rangnick will be a coach for only six months but then he will continue to be linked to the club in the role he knows best.
With Van Gaal, a former United. Reuter.
According to the English media, especially The Athletic who had the scoop, the German will be there until the end of the season and then he will take the place of sports director, the same position he has today in Russia. Starting in May, will put in the work of finding a definitive coach, and there the name of Pochettino reappears, among many others.
WHAT IS MISSING FOR IT TO BE OFFICIAL?
Although the club and Rangnick reached an agreement quickly, there has not yet been an announcement from Manchester because there is still an obstacle to be overcome that will not be easy to overcome. It is that the technical and sports director has to agree to his departure from the Russian club, which this Thursday must face Lazio for the Europa League. Out of respect for Lokomotiv, the negotiations will be resolved after that match.
In any case, even if the story has a happy ending for both parties, the German will not be on the substitute bench at Stamford Bridge in United’s game against him. Chelsea, next Sunday for the Premier League. Carrick will remain at the helm of the team until Rangnick’s qualification is resolved.
As Schalke coach, in 2011. AFP
WHO IS RALF RANGNICK?
Not always in such a media role, the new Manchester United manager has vast experience in European football, especially as a maker of great teams that won important teams. As sporting director, he made the Red Bull club teams, Leipzig in his country and Salzburg in Austria, although in Germany he was also DT and promoted in 2015/16.
Earlier, at the beginning of his career, as a coach he achieved promotion with Hannover 96, he also managed Schalke 04, after flirting with the coaching staff of the national team. He also managed Hoffenheim with great success: he managed to rise from the regionals to the Bundesliga. Since mid-2021, just a few months ago, he has been working at Lokomotiv in Moscow.
Beyond his experience, many say that Rangnick was not only a good technical director but also inspired other great coaches in his country with his work, such as Jurgen Klopp, Julian Nagelsmann, now at Bayern Munich, and Thomas Tuchel, reigning Champions League champion with Chelsea.