Why Ralf Rangnick rejected Chelsea this year before taking Man Utd job


Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick rejected the chance to take charge of Chelsea this year because he did not want to be an ‘interim coach’.

The German is on the verge of being appointed as United’s temporary manager for the remainder of the season before moving to a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford next summer.

It’s understood that Rangnick impressed United’s hierarchy during their talks this week and stood out amongst other candidates including ex-Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde and former Lyon head coach Rudi Garcia.

Rangnick was also approached by Chelsea earlier this year when they were searching for Frank Lampard’s replacement.

The 63-year-old turned down the chance to move to Stamford Bridge, claiming that he would’ve been seen a ‘lame duck’ if he agreed to an interim role.

Speaking about Chelsea’s approach in an interview with The Times, Rangnick said: ‘I said [to Chelsea], ‘I would love to come and work with you, but I cannot do it for four months. I am not an interim coach.’ To the media and players you would be the ‘four-month manager’, a lame duck, from day one.’

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‘If you watch Chelsea now you see a mutual plan for when they have the ball or the other team have the ball. Thomas is tactically on a very sophisticated level.

‘Zsolt Low [Tuchel’s assistant at Chelsea] was my player and assistant coach at Leipzig and plays a vital role in his staff and you can see from the way he interacts with players Thomas also has great leadership skills.

‘Appointing him was a top solution. I can only congratulate Thomas and Chelsea for the choice.’

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