Ralf Rangnick: England Manager?

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Rumour has it, The Football Association are preparing to speak to Ralf Rangnick in their search for a new England manager.

The German was interviewed for the post after Roy Hodgson’s resignation but was overlooked in favour of appointing the disgraced Sam Allardyrce.

Former West Bromich Albion chairman and now board member on the FA; Dan Ashworth, is a big fan and tried to hire Rangnick back in 2012, when Hodgson left The Hawthorns to become England boss.

But who is Ralf Rangnick?

He led Red Bull Leipzig to the Bundesliga last season, before becoming Sporting Director at the German club.

He never excelled as a player but has managed VfB Stuttgart, Hanover 96, FC Schalke and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in his native Germany.

He speaks fluent English and once studied English and PE at The University of Sussex. He even played at English non-league club Southwick FC whilst there.

His biggest achievements include getting back to back promotions with 1899 Hoffenheim. Promoting them from the Regionalliga South (German third tier) to the 2. Bundesliga for the first time in their history, before getting them to the Bundesliga in just two seasons. They have been established in Bundesliga ever since.

He also managed FC Schalke, to whom he led to The Champions League semi-finals in 2011, before being eliminated by Manchester United. He also won the German Cup (DFB-Pokal:), The German League cup (DFL-Ligapokal:) and the German Super cup (DFL-Supercup:) throughout two spells at the same club.

He is highly regarded in the game and has been referred to in Germany as ‘a German Wenger’ as is his preference for progressive attacking football.

In an interview with Die Welt in 2013, Rangnick stated his preferred playing style was: “Aggressive forward defending and pressing”.

A potential refreshing differentiation to what England fans have come used too in both nationality and style of play, compared to the past two England managers.

The country awaits whether the 58 year old gets the job.

With Gareth Southgate confirmed as coach for the next four matches, it is highly unlikely any announcement will be made anytime soon.

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