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Manchester United Boss Ralf Rangnick Being Lined Up For New Manager Position

Ryan Sidle

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Manchester United Boss Ralf Rangnick Being Lined Up For New Manager Position

Ralf Rangnick is set to become a consultant at Manchester United, once his time as interim manager is over, but someone else wants him as manager.

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Rangnick joined United in December, taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the season, and his appointment as interim has caused lots of criticism.

He is set to stay on at the club next season, and the year after, as a consultant, although no one is quite sure what that will entail for the 63-year-old.

However, he could actually end up being too busy to work for the Old Trafford outfit next season, with a team eyeing him up to fill a vacancy as manager.

According to Austrian outlet Kurier, the Austria national team want Rangnick to be their new manager and claim that sporting director Peter Schottel flew to Manchester on Tuesday to hold talks.

Rangnick could be managing next season still. Image: PA Images
Rangnick could be managing next season still. Image: PA Images

The German is likely to have a decent knowledge of football in Austria, having been director of football for Red Bull Salzburg for a number of years.

Salzburg won a number of Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian Cups under his leadership and saw the team qualify for the Champions League and Europa League.

Franc Foda was previously in charge of the national team but they failed to qualify for the World Cup, losing to Wales in the play off semi final, and he quit after the loss.

Despite never having managed an international team before, Rangnick could be the perfect man to do the role with so many years of coaching behind him, and it could even suit him as time constraints might still allow him to work with United.

Foda left Austria after failing to qualify for the World Cup. Image: PA Images
Foda left Austria after failing to qualify for the World Cup. Image: PA Images

Even when he does leave the Premier League, Rangnick's impact on England's top tier could still be felt, with the United interim boss recently suggesting referees should train with clubs.

According to reports, the suggestion, made at a recent meeting that included referee chief Mike Riley, other managers were in favour of the idea.

The former RB Leipzig manager's future isn't the only one up in the air, with United not yet knowing who is going to replace him.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag does seem to be the front runner, ahead of Mauricio Pochettino, and it's even been suggested Steve McClaren could return to the club to be his assistant, a position he also held under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Manchester United, Ralf Rangnick, Premier League, Austria

Ryan Sidle
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