Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick misses out on huge bonus after failing to secure Champions League football
According to the Daily Star, Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has missed out on a massive bonus after he failed to lead the team to a top-four place in the Premier League table in order to secure Champions League football next season.
Rangnick took over the side late last year, replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the team’s head coach. The German was appointed by the club on an interim basis, seeing his tenure as manager expire at the end of the season.
He will be succeeded by Erik ten Hag of Ajax Amsterdam in the summer, with the Dutchman set to become the fifth permanent manager of the club since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. Rangnick will still have a future at United, becoming a consultant to the side alongside his new role as Austria boss.
After Solskjaer’s final few weeks in charge of the Manchester side saw the team slip down the points table, Rangnick was tasked with guiding the team back into the top four by the summer. However, with one game to go in the season, the club have only been able to secure sixth position thus far.
Lack of consistency and stability
Unfortunately for the German, this will see him miss out on raking in a massive £1million bonus at the end of his tenure. The former RB Leipzig boss had negotiated this monetary incentive with the United hierarchy before taking over last year.
The club are also set to face a revenue cut as part of their failure to secure UCL football next season. Millions are expected to be lost in revenue from avenues such as merchandising and sponsorship bonuses, despite the team still on track to secure a European spot in the form of the Europa League or Europa Conference League.
Rangnick was brought in to steady the ship and provide some stability to a side that failed to put together a winning run under his predecessor. After early signs of an improvement, however, the team went back to their old ways.
Inconsistency has plagued the Manchester side throughout the season, with the squad unable to maintain any form. In the past week, the same team has managed to pull off a 3-0 win at home and then immediately suffer a 4-0 away defeat in the space of a few days.
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The German was also not able to add any reinforcements to the squad in the winter transfer window in January, despite seeing Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek depart on loan to Sevilla and Everton respectively. This forced him to play the same team he inherited from Solskjaer, which did not do him any favours in leading the side to a Champions League qualification spot.
One final game of the season now remains, and Rangnick will hope that he can end his tenure as interim manager on a good note by claiming a win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. He managed to bid farewell to the Old Trafford crowd with a convincing win, and he will want the same result in a few weeks against the Eagles.