Ralf Rangnick FINALLY gets his work permit as interim boss of Man United
Ralf Rangnick ‘got his Man United work permit’, enabling him to start as interim boss – but Michael Carrick will lead the team against Arsenal, with a new manager in the stands
- Man United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has been given his work permit
- Rangnick was confirmed on Monday to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- But he couldn’t get to work right away because of problems getting a visa
- Michael Carrick will still take charge of Thursday night’s clash against Arsenal
- Rangnick’s first press conference is on Friday before the Crystal Palace game
Ralf Rangnick has received his work permit, allowing the German to work as interim boss of Manchester United.
Rangnick was confirmed as a replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Monday and signed a temporary deal until the end of the season before taking on an advisory role at Old Trafford.
Problems with obtaining a work permit prevented him from training this week and although he will be at United’s Premier League game against Arsenal on Thursday night, caretaker Michael Carrick will be in the dugout.
Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick finally got his work permit
Rangnick will hold his first press conference on Friday ahead of Sunday’s home game with Crystal Palace, his first as United manager.
Rangnick had to convince an FA panel of his managerial credentials to get a work permit this week.
The 63-year-old flew to the UK on Monday evening, pending tougher Covid restrictions that came into effect hours later, and is believed to be staying at a hotel in Manchester.
It is clear that Rangnick did not meet the FA’s criteria for a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) as he has not managed a top club in Europe long enough in the past five years – either two years in a row or three years cumulatively.
Although Rangnick was in charge of RB Leipzig twice in the 2015-16 and 2018-19 seasons, while also serving as the club’s director of football, that is not enough to automatically qualify for a GBE – as Antonio Conte did then he took over from Tottenham for a month. suffered due to his recent stints at Inter Milan and Chelsea.
Sources at United argued that Rangnick has held other senior positions at RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow, but technically he hadn’t worked enough as a manager during this period.
His GBE had to be approved by a three-man exception panel appointed by the FA and chaired by a lawyer and two other figures with a background in football before he could be granted a work permit from the Home Office.
More to follow.