The rise of Ralf Rangnick, godfather of German coaching, manager of Manchester United
This week wasn’t the first time Ralf Rangnick had been interviewed for a job at Manchester United.
Or that’s how it felt to him, at least.
In the autumn of 2019, United’s technical director John Murtough travelled to Leipzig to study the Red Bull football group’s facilities and corporate strategy. A proud Rangnick, eager to show off a Champions League club he had essentially built himself, hosted Murtough for eight hours, at the end of which the German sensed that the real reason for the visit might have been him. His suspicion that he had been sounded out was strengthened when he got word that an unnamed club was conducting background research into his working methods, tapping into his mentor Helmut Gross, a trained structural engineer turned tactical maverick, and …
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