Manchester United’s coach Ralf Rangnick appointed as Austria head coach | Football News

German coach Ralf Rangnick has been appointed as the Austria national team head coach, association president Gerhard Milletich confirmed on Friday (April 29). Ralf Rangnick will part ways with Manchester United at the end of the season after taking over as a interim manager for the club in November 2021.

Rangnick will be Manchester United‘s manager till the end of season when Erik ten Hag takes over. The German coach took over at Old Trafford after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Rangnick briefed about his future role as Austria head coach. “It is an honour for me to take over as head coach. I look forward to working with a success-hungry young team and compete at the Euro (2024) in Germany,” Rangnick said.

The contract with the 63-year-old will be initially for two years but should the team qualify for Euro 2024 then it is automatically extended for another two years for the World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico, the FA said.

Austria reached the Euro 2020 last 16 but have not qualified for a World Cup since 1998. The FA added that they expected him to take over in late May after the end of the Premier League season.

“We are delighted that we have won as our team chief an outstanding expert of international football with Ralf Rangnick,” Milletich told a news conference.

“We are convinced that he is the ideal man and with his vision he will take the OEFB (Austrian FA) and the national team forward. Ralf Rangnick is a name that many thought as not possible. A coach of this calibre is a signal not only for the national team but for the entire FA.”

The German, who took over at United following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November but had an agreement to work as a consultant for two years when he took the job, will be in charge of Austria ahead of their Nations League matches in June.

Austria kick off their Nations League matches on June 3 against Croatia. They also play Denmark and France. Rangnick has coached Hoffenheim, Schalke 04 and Leipzig in the Bundesliga and has also been sports director at Austria`s Salzburg from 2012-15.

With Reuters input

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