Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has been appointed as the new manager of the Austrian national football team but is set to continue his consultancy with the English club.
New emerged on Thursday that the German coach was set to take over the role before United drew 1-1 with Chelsea at Old Trafford.
The club then confirmed on Friday morning that Rangnick had accepted a role with the Austrian national team.
“The 63-year-old will join up with Austria at the end of May for their UEFA Nations League games with Croatia, Denmark and France, after the conclusion of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign,” the club revealed in a statement.
“Rangnick has signed a two-year contract with Austria, which will automatically be extended by a further two years should they qualify for the 2024 European Championship in his native Germany.
“He will combine the job with his consultancy role at Old Trafford as planned, after Erik ten Hag was announced as United’s new manager last week.
“I will take over as national team manager of Austria at the end of the season but will continue my consultancy with Manchester United,” Rangnick said.
“I’m really looking forward to playing my part in helping United become a real force again.
“It is an honour for me to take on the role of [Austria] manager,” he added.
“The prospect of contesting the European Championships in Germany with a young team hungry for success fills me with great anticipation.”
🔊 Ralf: “I will take over as national team manager of Austria at the end of the season, but will continue my consultancy with Manchester United.
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