Ralf Rangnick’s Man Utd consultancy role unclear as Maurico Pochettino and Erik ten Hag lead shortlist | Football news

Manchester United have still not internally outlined the nature of Ralf Rangnick’s advisory role, but Sky Sports News has been told it “isn’t very practical”.

No talks have yet taken place with the interim manager about the design of his future position, which will take effect on 1 June.

United’s hierarchy made the decision to put strategic planning on hold so that Rangnick could concentrate fully on trying to save the season through coaching.

As such, even the basic tenets of the agreement, such as where the German is said to be based, have not materialized.

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Melissa Reddy reports that Mauricio Pochettino, Eric ten Hag, Julen Lopetegui and Luis Enrique are all being considered by Manchester United as candidates to become their next manager.

United’s chief executive officer Richard Arnold, who has been described as opposed to Ed Woodward because he is more collaborative and gives more responsibility to the workforce, was “incredibly open” to the idea of ​​recruiting Rangnick in a dual capacity.

Clearly Arnold has invested in building brain confidence at the club and is eager to have Rangnick’s “knowledge on tap” until 2024.

But his core expertise – structurally refurbishing a club and implementing a sustainable, successful methodology – has remained unused until now.

That’s due to the state of play when he was appointed – the side had lost five of their last seven games to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – and a lack of time due to a stacked schedule.

Ranknick ‘highly unlikely’ to become sporting director

United’s exit from the Champions League offers more time for some forward planning, but the idea that Rangnick could operate as a loose version of a sporting director, helping John Murtough and Darren Fletcher forge a solid strategy behind the scenes, was labeled as ‘extremely unlikely’.

Sources have hinted that his role will most likely focus on sharing insights on innovation, scouting and linking the club to savvy football minds, rather than fundamentally changing their set-up.

It was emphasized that ‘consultancy’ essentially suggests separation and independence.

United will draw on Rangnick’s deep understanding of the squad and what it takes to build a strong collective for a progressive identity on the pitch.

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Gary Neville answers viewers’ questions on a range of topics, from Marcus Rashford’s future to Chelsea’s ownership situation.

The 63-year-old’s temporary tenure has been colored by a number of unsavory leaks, despite significantly improving the team’s underlying stats.

United have a “pretty good idea where the briefings are coming from” and are eager to erase a self-service culture.

There is an appreciation that Rangnick did not offer counter-leaks, instead opting for honesty in his media pledges.

The interim manager’s analysis of the squad goes well beyond the tactical and technical to zoom in on how United can improve recruitment not only in a stylistic sense, but also in character.

However, reports that he is heavily involved in the club’s permanent manager decision-making process are false.

Rangnick has done what was asked of him, which is to focus on coaching.

The latest on the managerial search: Tuchel not considered

United have distanced themselves from reports suggesting they are circling Thomas Tuchel amid Chelsea’s uncertain future, with one source describing it as “media talk, not reality”.

They claim there is a four-man shortlist under consideration to take charge of the club, which does not include the reigning European Cup-winning manager.

United are aware that the opening of a new ownership group at Stamford Bridge will be to secure Tuchel’s future.

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The 48-year-old has also shown the absolute opposite of a desire to leave Chelsea, navigate difficult circumstances with confidence and underline his happiness despite the upheaval.

Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag, Julen Lopetegui and Luis Enrique are the options being vetted by United, with the Spanish boss showing the most complex situation to navigate given the World Cup in December.

The club wants to have a manager on site before the new season, but suggestions that a preliminary agreement could be reached by the end of this month are, as one employee put it, “too optimistic”.

While there has been some bewilderment from United as to why Lopetegui and Enrique have fallen out of conversation about the job, multiple sources have admitted they would be surprised if Pochettino or Ten Hag were not at the helm.

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David Ornstein says he sees it as a two-way battle between Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag over who will be Manchester United’s next manager.

There is a split over the couple. The Argentinian wouldn’t need to adapt to the league, to a club of this size, or even to come to terms with Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

Pochettino is seen as the concrete choice to emulate rivals Manchester City, Liverpool and Tuchel’s Chelsea, as he stacked up well against the first two while his resources at Tottenham were very limited.

His work at Spurs, Southampton and Espanyol has garnered more attention than his stint at Paris Saint-Germain, where the problem was not the manager, as the successes of Carlo Ancelotti, Unai Emery and Tuchel after the departure proved.

United are aware that Ten Hag is the popular choice, and the Marc Overmars scandal has made it easier to take him away from Ajax.

However, questions remain as to how he would function in a completely different structure and at a club of the size, format and the relentless pressure and attention as United.

A source revealed that “in an ideal world, Julian Nagelsmann would walk into the club this summer”, but there is an understanding he wouldn’t trade Bayern Munich until he could move to a stable Premier League option, ready to pick up silverware. to lift.

There is a feeling he is more likely to go for the City or Liverpool job if Guardiola and Klopp leave.

United’s new permanent manager will be diverted from the four-man shortlist unless “there is a huge change in circumstances and a top manager who fits the long-term direction suddenly becomes available.”

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