Ralf Rangnick may soon be presented as the new head coach of the Austrian national team, reports courier† According to the Viennese daily newspaper, the current manager of Manchester United has even reached a personal agreement with the Austrian Football Association about a collaboration. Gerhard Milletich, chairman of the Austrian Football Association, and sporting director Peter Schöttel are reported to be in talks with the executive committee on Friday morning about Rangnick’s appointment. The official announcement could follow soon afterwards.
According to the courier United’s current interim manager has agreed to coach Austria’s national team. Gerhard Milletich, chairman of the ÖFB, will reportedly nominate Rangnick as a favorite for the position to the executive committee on Friday. At 11 am, both Milletich and Schöttel, sports director of the Austrian Football Association, will invite the committee to a meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Vienna, where they will nominate the German trainer. White smoke is expected about an hour late, after which Rangnick can be officially introduced as the new national coach of Austria.
The Viennese newspaper already reported on April 6 about talks between the ÖFB and Rangnick, where Schöttel had traveled to Manchester to sit down with the German. The financial part should not be a problem according to the newspaper. “Money doesn’t always come first”, an acquaintance of Rangnick added at the beginning of April kicker told. The interim manager of United has earned enough as a coach of Schalke 04, TSG Hoffenheim and Manchester United, and as sports director of Red Bull Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow, and could therefore settle for less at the Austrian Football Association, it is stated. .
According to an acquaintance of Rangnick, who also worked with him, the German trainer no longer has to be on the training field every day and he would also be enthusiastic about the players from the Austrian selection. In the national team, he would be able to apply his way of playing football again, with a lot of pressure up front, something that he has not been able to do at United. The fact that the European Championship of 2024 will be held in Germany would also be an extra incentive for the trainer to qualify for the Austrian national. Austria failed to qualify for the World Cup, which will be played in Qatar later this year. Wales lost in two games in the play-offs.
Austria has been without a national coach since Franco Foda resigned from the association in March this year. Under his reign, the Austrians qualified for the European Championship in 2020. At that European Championship, Austria took on the Dutch national team in the group stage and managed to qualify for the second round, despite a 0-2 defeat against the Netherlands. Italy proved too strong with 2-1. Foda subsequently failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup with his team, after which he decided to resign. Rangnick will combine his work at the Austrian federation with his job at United, where he will start working as an advisor after this season.