Gary Neville urges Ralf Rangnick to usher in a revolution at Manchester United
Gary Neville urged Ralf Rangnick to make a complete overhaul to Manchester United both on and off the pitch, after the German was appointed as the club’s interim manager on Monday morning.
Rangnick has been hired on a short-term contract to coach the first team until the end of the season, after which he will take on an advisory role for two years.
The German replaces Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked earlier this month, while the Red Devils are looking for a new permanent manager.
Gary Neville urged Ralf Rangnick to completely overhaul Man United both on and off the pitch
Rangnick replaces Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a short contract until the end of the season
The 63-year-old joined from Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was sports and development manager, and will take over from caretaker boss Michael Carrick.
Rangnick, who started coaching in the early 1980s, is a proponent of ‘gen pressing’ and is known for his ability to build, develop and shape football clubs into successful units both on and off the field.
Neville, who has been a fierce critic of United’s outgoing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and his strategy on football affairs, welcomed Rangnick on Twitter but urged him to overhaul the club completely during his time in Manchester.
Neville tweeted: ‘Welcome to the greatest football club in the world Ralf Rangnick.
‘A contract for 6 months to coach the team.
‘A contract for 2 years to coach the club.’
Earlier this month, Neville laid out the challenges for Woodward’s successor as he prepares to leave Old Trafford at the end of the year.
United have not won the Premier League since 2013, and have seen four managers since Sir Alex Ferguson walked out more than a decade ago.
In his Sky Sports podcast, Neville called for major changes at the heart of the club if they want to compete again with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Neville has been a fierce critic of United’s outgoing executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward
Rangnick will lead the first team for the rest of the season before taking on an advisory role
He said: ‘The new CEO has to stamp his own authority on it and he has to judge if everything is in place and in place.
‘He has to judge the names of the coaches you mentioned’ [McKenna, Phelan, Carrick], the staff in the back room, the recruiting all the infrastructure that has been put in place over the last two or three years needs to be tested, it needs to be stress tested.
“They have to find out if that back room and the football knowledge in the club can challenge this club” [Manchester City], we know the people have been here in Barcelona with Pep Guardiola, they’ve built dynasties in Barcelona, they’re building another one here.
“You have smart people at Liverpool, you have tough people, brutal, fantastic operators at Chelsea. So you have to find out if you are the CEO of Manchester United, Ed Woodward has ultimately failed in his football goals for the past eight years.
“On the business side, it’s fine that he may have done well, I don’t know. But on the football side, the football goals have failed. The new CEO has to come in and decide if he wants to play football manager or if he wants to put really competent people in their place, distance themselves from them, take on the role that Martin Edwards, David Gill or other owners of other clubs let football experts deal with that.
‘In the past eight years, three managers have been appointed or renewed and fired within months; David Moyes was sacked within seven or eight months of a six-year contract, Jose Mourinho was sacked for three or four months on a three-year contract and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given a three-year contract and he’s been fired, so you have to say it didn’t go well.’
United have not won the Premier League since 2013 and have seen four managers since Sir Alex Ferguson retired
After his appointment was confirmed, Rangnick said: “I am delighted to join Manchester United and focus on making this a successful season for the club.
“The team is full of talent and has a good balance between youth and experience. All my efforts for the next six months will be focused on helping these players fulfill their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.
“In addition, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on an advisory basis.”
First-team coach Carrick – who oversaw a Champions League win over Villarreal and a draw at Premier League leader Chelsea, where he dropped Cristiano Ronaldo – will remain in charge until Rangnick’s work visa is finalized.
“Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football,” said United football director John Murtough.
“He was our number one candidate for interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from nearly four decades of management and coaching experience.
“Everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him next season and then two more years in his advisory role.”