Ralf Rangnick accepts role to become Austria Coach

Ralf Rangnick, the interim manager of Manchester United, has accepted an offer to become the new coach of Austria.

The 63-year-old German succeeds Franco Foda as Austria’s coach, and the role is not likely to interfere with his plans to work as a consultant for United.

He confirmed the news in a statement which said: “I will take over as national team manager of Austria at the end of the season but will continue my consultancy with Manchester United. I’m really looking forward to playing my part in helping United become a real force.”

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Rangnick, who was named temporary manager of the Red Devils in November of last year, is set to begin a two-year consultant post at Old Trafford at the end of the season and will balance that with the Austria job.

Rangnick stated earlier this week that he was determined to assist United “change for the better” once he takes on his consulting role.

When asked about his intended two-year consultant post, he replied, “Yes, I will be (here next season).”

“I’m looking forward to working in an advising role and obviously helping Erik as much as he wants it.

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“So far we haven’t been able to speak with each other and we have had no contact, He has his focus on Ajax, while my focus is on Manchester United.

“Obviously, I’m more than willing and prepared to help Erik and whoever else is in the club in order to change everything for the better.”

Rangnick has won eight of his 17 Premier League matches in charge of the Old Trafford club, with the Red Devils recently losing to both Liverpool and Arsenal, as well as drawing with Chelsea on Thursday night.

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