Ralf Rangnick will take on an advisory role in the summer when Erik ten Hag joins Manchester as his successor, while also being Austria’s head coach
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Martin Keown anticipates Ralf Rangnick’s decision to take over Austria while staying with Austria Manchester United feels like a ‘pantomime’ as Dion Dublin urged the club to cut ties with the German.
The interim Old Trafford boss will take on an advisory role in the summer when Erik ten Hag comes in as his successor, but will also be Austria’s head coach. The 63-year-old has signed a two-year contract with Austriawhich will be extended by another two years should they qualify for Euro 2024 in Germany.
United’s decision to allow Rangnick to juggle both positions has come under scrutiny and earlier arsenal Defense attorney Keown has heavily criticized the decision. He told the BBC’s Football Focus: “He’s the manager of Manchester United, why are they even doing this now, it’s a pantomime. It just didn’t work. The sooner the new manager comes, the better.”
Dion Dublin has reached an agreement with Keown and has urged United to cut ties with Rangnick as he doesn’t see the agreement working. He added: “I don’t think it’s going to work. I really don’t understand what it’s like. An international manager who works at Manchester United. He came in and it didn’t work for him, it wasn’t great.” There are still problems in the dressing room.
“Manchester United’s individual performances weren’t good enough, they can’t get games together. Cut your ties, you tried, thank you very much and let him go. I don’t think you need anything that you haven’t already had worked.
Rangnick insists on the Austria job will not affect its advisory function up at Old Trafford. Confirming the news in a statement, he said: “I will take over as national team manager from Austria at the end of the season but will continue my coaching at Manchester United. I’m really looking forward to doing my part in making United a real force
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“I’m honored to take on the role [Austria] manager,” he added. “The prospect of competing with a young team hungry for success at the European Championships in Germany fills me with great anticipation.”
Gerhard Milletich, President of the Austrian Football Association, adds: “We are delighted that in Ralf Rangnick we have been able to recruit an outstanding expert on international football as our team manager. We are all convinced that he is the ideal man and that his vision will advance the national team and the OFB.”
Peter Schöttel, sports director of the ÖFB: “After a very well-founded and intensive process, we were able to win Ralf Rangnick, an absolutely top man with a great international reputation, as team boss. That makes me very proud and I’m really looking forward to working together.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/ralf-rangnick-austria-man-utd-26841238 Ralf Rangnick told he should 'cut ties' with 'pantomime' Man Utd after accepting the job in Austria