Austrian national football team named Ralf Rangnick as the next manager. The 63-year-old will remain at Manchester United for the remainder of the season before moving on to his new position.
Formerly the director of football for Red Bull Salzburg from 2012 to 2015, he is no stranger to Austrian football.
Former United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired in November 2021, and Michael Carrick was appointed temporary manager, the German coach took over at Old Trafford on an interim basis in November 2021.
He was only originally meant to be a stopgap, only staying until the conclusion of the current season, but it has now been confirmed that he will spend his time between England and Austria beginning in the summer of 2022.
Rangnick will remain at Manchester United as a consultant.
Rangnick announced his intention to take up two posts on United’s official website. “I will take over as Austria’s national team manager at the conclusion of the season, but I will continue to consult with Manchester United.”
“I’m genuinely looking forward to doing my bit in re-establishing United as a true powerhouse.”
“It is an honor for me to be appointed manager of [Austria]. The possibility of competing at the European Championships in Germany with a youthful squad eager for victory excites me much.”
The German described his new role, to focus on player recruiting and development. “Right now, the most important thing for me is recruiting,” Rangnick told the reporters on Friday.
“For me, the most important issue is that we bring in the greatest potential players and talk about who those guys maybe. It’s not only finding such players but also meeting them and persuading them to join our club, despite the fact that we won’t be competing in the Champions League.
“This is the most crucial part, in my opinion. Again, in terms of discovering top quality players for the academy.”
Rangnick said that he has not yet talked with new incoming manager Erik ten Hag regarding how the two would collaborate. “What I can tell you and confirm is that I will absolutely continue with my consultant job at the conclusion of the season and for the following two years, and I’m very much looking forward to that,” Rangnick said before Chelsea’s midweek meeting.
“We haven’t talked, Erik and I, but we have spoken with the board about the substance, the job profile, the content of that consultant function, we spoke about that, and that’s why I can now affirm I will absolutely continue with that.”
What did Austria have to say about new manager Ralf Rangnick?
“We are extremely delighted that in Ralf Rangnick we have been able to attract an exceptional specialist in international football as team manager,” stated Gerhard Milletich, president of the Austrian Football Association (OFB).
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“We are all sure that he is the right guy for the job, and that his vision would help the national team and the OFB.”
Rangnick will be making his first foray into international management.
He have past experience in Austria, having served as the director of football at Red Bull Salzburg from 2012 to 2015.
The group he will inherit, which features Real Madrid star David Alaba, did not qualify for the Qatar World Cup in 2022.
It does, however, have UEFA Nations League matches coming up in June and will be ready to go by the time qualifying for Euro 2024 starts in March 2023 — with a draw scheduled for October 9.
What has Manchester United said about Rangnick’s new position?
Manchester United’s formal statement included nothing more than basic information.
In the release,only Rangnick commented from the Man Utd side.
“This will be Rangnick’s first international post, albeit he was the director of football at Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg between 2012 and 2015,” according to the press release.
“Prior to joining United as interim manager in December 2021, Ralf held the comparable position at RB Leipzig and was the manager of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow. He had two periods as a manager at Leipzig and Schalke, as well as Bundesliga experience with Hoffenheim, Hannover, and Stuttgart.”