RALF RANGNICK has been appointed manager of Austria alongside his Manchester United role. The Red Devils interim boss has signed a two-year deal with the national team and will continue to work as a consultant at Old Trafford for six days a month.
The German, 63, said in a statement to United media: “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 again. “It is an honour for me to take on the role of (Austria) manager. “The prospect of contesting the European Championships in Germany with a young team hungry for success fills me with great anticipation.”
Rangnick will take charge of his first Austria matches in May for their UEFA Nations League games with Croatia, Denmark and France – once the Premier League has finished. After that he will oversee Austria’s Euro 2024 qualification campaign and if he qualifies for the competition his contract will be automatically extended by two years. Gerhard Milletich, President of the Austrian Football Association [ÖFB], said: “We are very pleased that in Ralf Rangnick we have been able to recruit an outstanding expert in international football as team manager. “We are all convinced that he is the ideal man and that his vision will advance the national team and the ÖFB.”
The United boss has experience working in Austria having previously held the role of director of football at RB Salzburg. Rangnick was appointed temporary gaffer at United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was axed earlier in the season, with a view to a two-year spell as an advisor starting this summer. And he will still be able to fulfil his role with United as it requires him to work just six days a month.