Ralf Rangnick, the interim manager of Manchester United, has been confirmed as Austria’s new coach.
Rangnick will continue to work as a consultant for United at the end of the season, as scheduled.
“I’m incredibly excited to play a part in helping United reclaim its former glory,” he stated.
The 63-year-old German has agreed to a two-year contract with Austria and will join them once the Premier League season concludes in May.
Austria, which is ranked 23rd in the FIFA rankings, has been without a head coach since Franco Foda resigned in March after the team failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup.
“We are delighted to have been able to get a great international football specialist as team manager,” stated Gerhard Milletich, president of the Austrian Football Association.
“We’re all sure that he’s the right man for the job, and that his vision will help the national team progress.”
Since Ralf Rangnick took over for the dismissed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, United have won 10 of their 25 games in all competitions.
With three games remaining, United is in sixth place, five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
Erik ten Hag, the current Ajax manager, will take over as United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
Rangnick, who had created a good coaching record in Germany, quit his position as head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow to join United.
After spells in charge of Stuttgart, Hannover, Hoffenheim, Schalke, and RB Leipzig, he placed Ulm on the path to promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time.
With Schalke, he won the German Cup and advanced to the Champions League semi-finals in 2011.
Rangnick remarked, “It is an honor for me to take on the role of [Austria] manager.”
“I’m quite excited about the idea of competing at the European Championships in Germany with a youthful team hungry for success.”
Rangnick as Manchester United Interim Manager
Rangnick made it clear in negotiating his two-year advisory post at United, which will begin at the end of the season, that he wanted to be free to take on other responsibilities.
It would obviously be problematic if he was at a different club. The international game is different, and the draw is clear with so many Red Bull players in the Austria squad.
Rangnick, on the other hand, has declared that he is committed to the two-year, six-day-per-month advisory post with United. Rangnick will move away if his services aren’t required, so it’s up to them how much they use him.
That would not be a wise decision under the circumstances. If United wants to recover from this disastrous season, his advice could be vital.