Former Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick speaks out on links to Germany job

Ralf Rangnick is currently the head coach of Austria (Photo: Getty)

Former Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has ruled himself out of becoming the Germany national team boss.

With just nine months to go before they host Euro 2024, Germany are on the hunt for a new manager after sacking Hansi Flick on Sunday.

The former Bayern Munich boss had won just 12 of his 25 games in charge, overseen a group stage exit at last year’s World Cup, and in his last match on Saturday suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Japan.

The German Football Association (DFB) have a few names in mind for his replacement, with Jurgen Klopp said to be their dream choice, though they acknowledge it would be near-impossible to lure him away from Liverpool.

Former Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner is also a contender, as is Julian Nagelsmann who has been out of work since getting sacked by Bayern in March and who was a top target for both Chelsea and Tottenham at the end of last season.

Another name that has been mooted is Rangnick, who is well admired in the Bundesliga from his spells in charge of Stuttgart, Hannover, Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.

In England, the 65-year-old is best known for his woeful six months as interim boss of United, where he filled the gap in between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Erik ten Hag.

Next permanent Germany manager odds:

Julian Nagelsmann – 6/5

Oliver Glasner – 4/1

Rudi Voller – 6/1

Jurgen Klopp – 10/1

Matthias Sammer – 12/1

Ralph Hasenhuttl – 16/1

Zinedine Zidane – 25/1

Ralf Rangnick – 33/1

Odds courtesy of Betfair

He won just 11 of his 31 games in charge of the Red Devils, clashed with several players including Cristiano Ronaldo and decided against taking his planned consultancy role at the club to take over the Austria national team.

Rangnick is having a better time managing his country, who are unbeaten after four qualifying games and in a strong position to make it to Euro 2024.

And it’s clearly a job he’s comfortable in, with the Austrian claiming he has no interest in the Germany role, telling ORE: ‘No chance.

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‘I decided 14 months ago to work as head coach at Austria, prepare the team to qualify for the Euros and play a good role there. Everything else is not a topic for me.’

For now, Rudi Voller will take the reins for Germany, having previously been in charge from 2000-2004, with Die Mannschaft set to play a friendly against France on Tuesday.

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