Ralf Rangnick: All you need to know about the surprise candidate linked with England job
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Ralf Rangnick: All you need to know about the surprise candidate linked with England job

Ralf Rangnick is the latest name to be linked with the England job, but not many outside of Germany will know too much about him.

The 58-year-old reportedly held talks with the Football Association in the summer following Roy Hodgson’s exit, but the role ended up going to Sam Allardyce due to the FA’s preference for an English manager.

But with Allardyce’s 67-day reign at an end, Rangnick is set to hold further discussions with the FA about the vacant role with England.

Here’s all you need to know about one of the favourites to land the job…

WHO DOES HE MANAGE AT THE MOMENT?

He doesn’t. Last season, he got RB Leipzig promoted to the Bundesliga but he is currently the German club’s sporting director.

Before taking charge of Leipzig, Rangnick hadn’t managed a team since leaving Schalke in September 2011.

WHAT HAS HE WON?

His most successful stints in terms of trophies have been at Schalke where he won the German Cup and the German Supercup in 2011.

He also won the German second division title with Hannover in 2002, and the Intertoto Cup with Stuttgart in 2000.

SO HE’S MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN BIG SAM?

Yes. Allardyce won the third division title with Notts County in 1998, and guided West Ham to victory in the Championship play-off final in 2012.

STAR PLAYERS WHO HE HAS MANAGED…

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Raul, Julian Draxler, Ivan Rakitic, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Demba Ba, Luiz Gustavo, Christoph Metzelder, Benedikt Howedes.

WAS HE ANY GOOD AS A PLAYER?

He never turned professional during his time as an amateur at Stuttgart and he also played for non-league side Southwick while studying English and PE at the University of Sussex.

WHAT’S HIS PLAYING STYLE?

His Schalke teams often played with a high intensity, with his attacking players pressing high up the pitch. Long balls were a rarity in his system which put a great deal of emphasis on quick, short passing moves.

ANY CONTROVERSY?

He resigned as manager of Hoffenheim midway through the season in 2011 after Luiz Gustavo was sold behind his back. He had taken the German club through two divisions to get promoted to the Bundesliga.

STRANGE FACT…

Rangnick turned down the chance to sign Jamie Vardy from Leicester City in 2014 because he felt the striker – who was 27 at the time – was too old.

WHY WOULD THE FA BE TARGETING HIM?

He can speak fluent English and during his time at Hoffenheim, he was capable of bringing the best out of a group of young and inexperienced players.

Rangnick’s fast and aggressive playing style would also be a decent fit for England’s current crop of players.

 

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