Manchester United cancel Ralf Rangnick’s advisory role

Rangnick held a press conference on Sunday afternoon to set out his plans for Austria ahead of their upcoming UEFA Nations League games against Croatia, Denmark and France. He is expected to play his first game against Croatia in Osijek on Friday.

In a statement, United said: “Manchester United 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 Austrian national team and will therefore not take up a consultancy role at Old Trafford.

“We want to wish Ralf the best of luck in this next chapter of his career.”

United believed that Rangnick’s appointment gave them the breathing space to do a thorough search for a new permanent manager and do not regret the decision, despite the team’s worsening problems and inability to qualify for the Champions League .

Rangnick had urged club officials to hand him over the job, but he was unable to attract the backroom staff he wanted, with some candidates earmarked for long-term notice positions that prevented quick appointments and others were refused by the Football Association. Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) which is the way to a work permit after Brexit.

The staff that did recruit Rangnick, including assistant Chris Armas, failed to win players over and others felt that Rangnick himself lacked the credentials and track record to get the job done. Before answering United’s SOS, he had managed just 18 months in the past decade, during which time his work had been mainly as a sporting director and quarterback.

Rangnick eventually relied on his former Lokomotiv Moscow colleague, Lars Kornetka, with the performance analyst working in an unofficial, unpaid role from Russia to provide live in-game tactical advice from United’s matches at the expense of Paul Brand, the club’s own head performance analyst.

The severing of ties with Rangnick marks the latest in a series of behind-the-scenes changes. Mike Phelan, Solskjaer’s runner-up and assistant to Rangnick, is currently negotiating his expected departure from the club. Armas and analyst Ewan Sharp, who were both brought in by Rangnick, have left.

Chief scout Jim Lawlor and head of global scouting Marcel Bout have also left, and football negotiations director Matt Judge – the club’s chief negotiator – and chief strategy officer, Hemen Tseayo, are working on their message.

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