Ralf Rangnick takes up Austria manager role

Ralf Rangnick, the temporary manager of Manchester United, will continue to work with the Old Trafford club as a consultant, as planned, despite his appointment as the manager of the Austrian national team. He will step down as United’s top executive in favour of Erik Ten Hag, who was named the club’s next manager last week.

After the completion of the 2021/22 Premier League season, the 63-year-old will join Austria for their UEFA Nations League games against Croatia, Denmark, and France at the end of May.

When Ralf Rangnick took over as temporary manager when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired earlier this season, he was given the option of staying on as a consultant.

Rangnick has signed a two-year deal with Austria, which will be automatically extended if they qualify for the 2024 European Championship in his home country of Germany. This will be his first international managerial position.

“He will combine the job with his consultancy role at Old Trafford as planned, after Erik ten Hag was announced as United’s new manager last week,” Manchester United stated.

After the current Premier League season ends, Rangnick will join the Austrian national team. In the UEFA Nations League, he will be in charge of Austria’s national team, which will play Croatia, Denmark, and France.

“I will take over as national team manager of Austria at the end of the season but will continue my consultancy with Manchester United,” Rangnick said.

“I’m really looking forward to playing my part in helping United become a real force again.

“It is an honour for me to take on the role of [Austria] manager,” he added.

“The prospect of contesting the European Championships in Germany with a young team hungry for success fills me with great anticipation.”

“We are very pleased that in Ralf Rangnick we have been able to recruit an outstanding expert in international football as team manager. We are all convinced that he is the ideal man and that his vision will advance the national team and the ÖFB,” said Gerhard Milletich, the President of the Austrian Football Association.

Rangnick will be making his international debut, despite serving as director of football with Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg from 2012 to 2015.

Prior to joining United as interim manager in December 2021, Ralf held the same position at RB Leipzig and was the manager of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow.

His managerial CV includes two spells each at Leipzig and Schalke, as well as Bundesliga experience with Hoffenheim, Hannover and Stuttgart.