Ralf Rangnick to get role with Austria national team – but will keep Man Utd job

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick is expected to be confirmed as the new manager of Austria in the next 24 hours – but he will keep his Old Trafford job, too.

Reports first emerged linking Rangnick, 63, to the Austria job earlier this month. But the country's FA said that no contact had been made with the interim United chief. Three weeks later and the veteran German boss looks set to be appointed after all.

The 63-year-old was named as United interim boss last November following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He initially even stated that he could stay on as manager beyond the summer, but a disastrous recent run of form made that unlikely.

The former RB Leipzig boss is due to begin a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford at the end of the season. And Sky Sports say that despite his seemingly imminent appointment as Austria manager, Rangnick will continue in that role until 2024.

Rangnick is set to replace Franco Foda as Austria manager after the country failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. An Austrian publication claims that OFB president Gerhard Milletich and Sports Director Peter Schottel are set to announce his appointment at 11am on Friday.

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Earlier this week, Rangnick spoke about his future at Old Trafford and his willingness to help Erik ten Hag, who was confirmed as the club's new manager in a statement last week.

"I strongly believe that there is a lot of things that can become better and will become better with a new manager and hopefully with some new players, with some fresh energy in that squad," he declared.

"With this group of new players and the quality of players that are already here, together with the new manager, I am very positive that next season will be a lot better. I am looking forward to working in that advisory role and obviously helping Erik as much as he wants it himself.

"Obviously, I am more than willing and prepared to help both Erik and whomever in the club in order to change everything for the better."

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