Austria FA appoint Rangnick as new national team coach


Manchester United caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick has been named the new head coach of the Austrian national football team.

Rangnick’s appointment was confirmed in a statement released on Friday.

The statement read: “Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has been appointed as the new head coach of the Austrian national football team.

“The 63-year-old will join Austria at the end of May for their UEFA Nations League games with Croatia, Denmark and France, following the end of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign.

“Rangnick has signed a two-year contract with Austria, which will automatically be extended for another two years if they qualify for the 2024 European Championship in his native Germany.

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“He will combine work with his role as a consultant at Old Trafford as planned, after Erik ten Hag was announced as United’s new manager last week.”

Speaking on his new appointment, Rangnick said: “I will take over as manager of the Austria national team at the end of the season, but I will continue my consultancy work with Manchester United.

“I’m really looking forward to playing my part in helping United become a real force again.
“It is an honor for me to take on the role of [Austria] administrator.

“The prospect of competing in the European Championships in Germany with a young team eager for success fills me with impatience.”

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

This will be Rangnick’s first role in international management, although he was director of football at Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg between 2012 and 2015.

He held the equivalent role at RB Leipzig and was director of sport and development at Lokomotiv Moscow before joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement as interim director in December 2021.

He had two stints each at Leipzig and Schalke, as well as experience in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim, Hannover and Stuttgart.

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