Manchester United have appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the 2021/2022 Premier League season.
This is coming just eight days after sacking former boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 63-year-old German has joined from Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was manager of sports and development, and will take over from caretaker boss Michael Carrick.
He will then take on a two-year consultancy role at the club.
Speaking on Ralf’s appointment, United’s football director, John Murtough said;
“Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football.
“He was our number one candidate for interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching.
“Everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him during the season ahead, and then for a further two years in his advisory role.”
Recall that Solskjaer was removed after United’s 4-1 away defeat to Watford this month, their seventh loss in 13 games across all competitions which left them eighth in the Premier League standings.
Former midfielder Carrick – who has overseen a Champions League win over Villarreal and a draw at Premier League leaders Chelsea, where he dropped Cristiano Ronaldo – will remain in caretaker charge until Rangnick’s work visa is finalised.
Speaking on his appointment, Raf said he is “excited” about the role and that “the squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience”
“I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club.
“The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience. All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.
“Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis,” he said