Former interim manager of Manchester United, Ralf Rangnick will no longer serve as the club’s consultant for two years contrary to the initial agreement.
Recall that in November 2021 when Manchester United appointed Ralf Rangnick as the club’s interim manager, it was announced that the German tactician would serve in that capacity for six months, afterwards, he would move up the ladder to become the club’s consultant for two years.
After Rangnick resumed his job as the club’s coach mid-2021-2022 season, he looked like the solution to Manchester United’s problem. But that changed drastically as the season progressed.
Things got so bad for Manchester United that they recorded 12 defeats and 10 draws in 38 Premier League games. These poor stats left them on the 6th spot on the league table with just 58 points, the club’s all-time lowest Premier League points.
Hence, Ralf Rangnick failed to qualify Manchester United for the coming UEFA Champions League campaign. He managed to guide United to a Europa League group stage qualification.
Aside from that, the German coach could not guide Manchester United beyond the round of 16 stage of this season’s Champions League campaign.
Despite the horrible season, Manchester United decided to keep to their deal by retaining him as the club’s consultant while they appointed Erik ten Hag as the club’s permanent coach.
In the same period, football authorities in Austria decided to appoint Rangnick as the head coach of the national team. Initially, there was an agreement that the German coach would continue to serve as a consultant at United and as the head coach of the Austrian national team. But recently, Rangnick decided to drop his consultancy appointment for his managerial duties in Austria.
A statement from Manchester United read: “We would like to thank Ralf Rangnick for his efforts as interim manager over the past six months.
“By mutual agreement, Ralf will now focus solely on his new role as manager of the Austria national team and will not, therefore, be taking up a consultancy role at Old Trafford.
“We would like to wish Ralf the best of luck in this next chapter of his career.”
Ralf Rangnick announces that he will not be staying on at United as a consultant.#MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 29, 2022
Since Ralf Rangnick has decided to drop his consultancy role at Manchester United, the German tactician would no longer play any role in Erik ten Hag’s era at Old Trafford.
Earlier, Ten Hag sounded like he was not down with United’s arrangement to have Rangnick around the club as a consultant. When the Dutch coach was asked about the then Rangnick’s consultancy role, the Dutchman made it clear that the appointment was on the club.
Ten Hag has also made it clear that he is not someone who could be easily influenced by a person’s opinion even though he said he likes speaking with “a lot of people”. Hence, that placed a huge limitation on whatever Rangnick would have done as a consultant at Old Trafford.