Who is Ralf Rangnick? Man Utd's interim boss in profile
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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has opened up about Ralf Rangnick ahead of his imminent appointment as Manchester United’s interim manager. Tuchel has explained how Rangnick gave him his first opportunity in coaching with VfB Stuttgart’s youth team.
Rangnick is set to take over the reins from Michael Carrick at Old Trafford, who is acting as caretaker boss after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking last Sunday.
Carrick will lead United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, where Tuchel’s Premier League leaders await.
But the latter will be disappointed he can’t go up against Rangnick in his first game in England, given the influence the 63-year-old has had on his career.
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Ahead of Rangnick’s United arrival, Tuchel has recalled being saved from a career in economics by the German mastermind offering him a chance to coach with Stuttgart.
He said: “I was a normal student, but to make some extra money, I worked in a bar once or twice a week, which was actually a fantastic time in my life.
“Ralf [Rangnick] called me because he was my former coach. He knew I was in Stuttgart studying. He asked me if I could imagine trying in the academy, and I got into contact with the academy.
“I did four months just being a second assistant in the youth academy, and from there I did my licences, and I started being a coach with the Under-14s.
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“I still worked in the bar while I was a coach, and I still finished my economics studies. But he opened the door.
“At some point, you have to go through the door, and you are responsible for yourself to make the very best of opportunities.
“This is what I did because I had people like Ralf who supported me, and so many more, starting with my father and everybody on the way from there in my life.
“Telling the story from now, it’s easy to tell. But in these moments, [you have to] overcome your pride and to go to a bar and work for money and go to university.”
Rangnick could take charge of United for the first time when Arsenal visit Old Trafford on Thursday.
Regardless of the result against Chelsea, he has a big job on his hands to divert the Red Devils’ league campaign away from disaster.
But Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have all endorsed his English top-flight arrival, which makes for exciting reading for supporters.
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