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Successor to Thomas Tuchel: FC Bayern wants Ralf Rangnick – can that go well?

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Successor to Thomas Tuchel: FC Bayern wants Ralf Rangnick – can that go well?

As of: April 24, 2024 4:52 p.m

FC Bayern Munich has decided on Ralf Rangnick as their new coach. According to BR information, the final details will be negotiated with the 65-year-old and his employer, the Austrian Football Association, in the next few days.

Will the “football professor” come to FC Bayern Munich as a coach? There are many things that point to this. According to information from BR24Sport, the Munich team has chosen the current Austrian national coach as Thomas Tuchel’s successor. And the 65-year-old is now said to have expressed his interest. On Wednesday, Rangnick confirmed that FC Bayern had contacted him for the first time on the “90minuten.at” portal.

BR24 sports reporter Eckl on the coaching deal: Chances are high

BR24 sports reporter Florian Eckl believes that the likelihood of Rangnick being signed by FC Bayern is now high: “From what I’ve heard, Bayern are clearly convinced of Rangnick, and he has also committed himself internally to FCB. Now it’s still about that “to negotiate details,” says Eckl. An agreement could be reached around the two Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid.

Trainer selection committee convinced by Rangnick

As BR24Sport has learned, the entire coaching search committee at the record champions, which includes sports director Max Eberl and sports director Christoph Freund as well as honorary president Uli Hoeneß, has now spoken out in favor of Rangnick. Old feuds – remember the war of words between Hoeneß and Rangnick during his time at 1899 Hoffenheim (“if you want to hear quick sayings, you have to go to Munich. If you want to see quick football, Hoffenheim is the place for you”) have long since been put to rest .

Rangnick, as the decision-makers in Munich now see it, has long since made a name for himself as someone who builds structures and brings teams forward.

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The details that still need to be negotiated concern Rangnick himself, but also the ÖFB. Their sports director Peter Schöttel responded to the rumors about his national coach by pointing out that Rangnick had “an ongoing contractual relationship” until 2026. According to reports, FC Bayern would have to spend a lot to buy Rangnick out of this contract.

And the 65-year-old himself? He is known for wanting to have the final say when it comes to the direction of a club or new signings. It is possible that contract negotiations will also be about the amount of power that Ralf Rangnick is granted or not. Rangnick told the portal “90minuten.at”: “For me it’s about other things: Can I make a difference? Can I make a difference? Is there a chance to develop a team and be successful? That’s what drives me.”

Power man meets power man – a problem?

But that is exactly what could become a problem at FC Bayern, who not only have two protagonists in their ranks with Eberl and Freund who also want to shape things, but also two alpha animals in Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, whose words still carry a lot of weight has. And last but not least, Rangnick failed as interim coach of Manchester United in the 2021/2022 season at a club with a similar constellation.

BR24 sports reporter Florian Eckl is convinced that Rangnick, even at the age of 66, has the desire to coach a club like FC Bayern. But he also says: “Rangnick is someone who can’t really stand still. The question is more: How can Eberl and Freund assert themselves against the powerful man and slow him down? Rangnick is a structured changer – one who puts his fingers in the wound and says, “We have to get into it.”

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A lot of rejection against Rangnick in the fan forums

The fact that Rangnick was very closely connected to Christoph Freund during his time at RB, even a kind of father figure for him, is at least a good prerequisite for a fruitful collaboration. Those who still need to be convinced of the path with Rangnick are the fans. In the forums, Tuchel’s designated successor is met with a lot of rejection, which has to do with the previous feuds, but also with his preferred style of play.

Rangnick played a different kind of football at all his stations than what we are used to in Munich. The philosophy of Xabi Alonso, who led Bayer Leverkusen to the championship with possession football but turned down the Munich team, would have been a better fit. But Florian Eckl is optimistic here too: “His nickname is ‘Football Professor’. If he has the right player material, he is flexible enough. I don’t think he’s stuck with just this fast, switching football.”

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Source: BR24Sport on the radio April 24, 2024 – 1:54 p.m

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