Twitter reaction: Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick announces that he will not be staying on as a consultant
Communicating through the official Twitter handle of Manchester United, interim manager Ralf Rangnick has announced that he will not be staying on at the club as a consultant after the expiry of his tenure as head coach of the first team.
Rangnick was appointed as interim boss of the senior side until the end of the 2021/22 campaign, being given the job after the Red Devils sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The club legend was relieved of his duties after a disappointing start to the campaign, as his team slipped down the Premier League table.
Solskjaer lasted until December last year, being replaced by Rangnick. The new coach was tasked with guiding the side back into the top four of the league table, in order to secure Champions League football in the coming season.
Unfortunately, Rangnick was unable to fulfil the task. United finished the season in sixth place, qualifying for the Europa League and failing to win any silverware. The German oversaw the club’s exits from the FA Cup and UCL during his reign.
“Ralf will now focus solely on his new role”
The ex-RB Leipzig man was expected to continue his association with the Manchester side after his tenure as interim manager by staying on as a consultant. However, the 63-year-old has now announced via a press conference that he will depart the English club.
Rangnick has turned down the consultancy role due to the demands of his new occupation as manager of the Austrian national team, the club has revealed in a statement. The Old Trafford outfit went on to thank him for his efforts over the past six months, and wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his career.
“We 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 Austria national team and will not therefore be taking up a consultancy role at Old Trafford. We would like to wish Ralf the best of luck in this next chapter of his career.”
This comes as unexpected news, as he was widely expected to continue working for the club in a consultancy position until 2024. This was the role that the club and the German had agreed on when he initially took over, but that plan seems to have been scrapped.
Rangnick will now be succeeded by Erik ten Hag of Ajax Amsterdam, with the Dutchman being announced as the new permanent manager of the Red Devils. He becomes United’s fifth permanent boss since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
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Let us now see how fans have reacted on Twitter to this news about Rangnick’s departure. While some may have seen it coming, many would have been surprised how suddenly this news has broken out.