Ralf Rangnick hasn’t been given ‘the tools to succeed’ at Manchester United, with his interim and consultancy job titles undermining his authority, talkSPORT has been told.
The German coach will be replaced in the Old Trafford dugout by Erik ten Hag next season, having temporarily taken over head coaching duties in November.
His appointment came with the announcement that he would move upstairs in a ‘consultancy’ role following his coaching spell, but that currently looks in doubt.
Rangnick had long been linked with a move to England during a career taking lower league German sides into the Champions League, and was seen as the kind of appointment that could get United back on track.
However, his coaching spell hasn’t gone completely according to plan, with a low win rate of 40 per cent seeing the club lose pace in the race for a top four finish.
Recent weeks have also seen reports of a dressing room mutiny, and in the opinion of some, Rangnick was always on a hiding to nothing.
talkSPORT’s European football expert, Andy Brassell, explained: “He has not been given the tools to succeed at Manchester United.
“They have paid lip service to the idea of change under him, he was never given a real position of authority, he was interim coach, and not even sporting director but consultant.
“I realise they have a sporting director elsewhere but there was no real promise of there being meaningful long term change at Manchester United under Rangnick.
“I know the players have copped a lot of criticism, but has he ever really been given the authority to show that he has the power to change things? I don’t think he has.
“I think it’s easy to look at him, for the players, and say ‘you know what, if we don’t particularly like this, we’ll see him off, he’ll be done in six months’.”
This scenario is a new one for Rangnick, whose previous jobs in football have seen him as a prominent figure in building teams into contenders.
The 63-year-old was previously given control over German sides Hoffenheim and Leipzig, bringing them up to the Bundesliga and recording record finishes.
And due to his level of command in his previous roles, Rangnick’s spells in the dugout were impossible to undermine, unlike what has happened in Manchester.
Brassell said: “He’s only been coach two out of the previous 10 seasons and that was standing in, filling a gap at RB Leipzig when he already had a position of power there.
“So the players knew there was accountability even if they knew he wasn’t going to be the coach long term, that has never been the case at Manchester United.”