Ralf Rangnick Turns Down the Opportunity to Become Manager of Bayern Munich

Manchester Untied manager Ralf Rangnick in 2021
Ralf Rangnick with Manchester United in 2021. Photo by Joe Toth/Shutterstock (12638783bp)

Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich was dealt another blow in their search for a new manager. Ralf Rangnick, the head coach of the Austrian national team, confirmed on Thursday that he turned down the opportunity to become Bayern’s new boss.

Bayern announced in February that the club’s current manager, Tomas Tuchel, will leave at the end of the 2023-24 season. Since then, the club has been looking for Tuchel’s successor but was reportedly rejected by a number of their preferred targets, including Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso and their former manager Julian Nagelsmann, who is currently coaching German national team.

Eventually, Bayern approached Rangnick, who has extensive experience as a coach and sports director in the Bundesliga, but he has now decided to continue his project with Austria.

“I am the Austrian team boss with all my heart,” Rangnick said in a statement released by the Austrian national team. “I really enjoy this task and am determined to successfully continue on our chosen path.”

Rangnick added that his decision isn’t a “rejection” of Bayern but “rather a decision for my team and our common goals.”

Rangnick was hired as the head coach of the Austrian national team in 2022 and has overseen a successful EURO 2024 qualification campaign.  Under Rangnick, Austria qualified for the tournament with eight wins in 10 games of the qualifiers.

Previously, Rangnick served as the manager of Schalke and Hoffenheim while also having managerial and sports director stints with RB Leipzig and FC Salzburg. His resume also includes a short interim manager stint with Manchester United.

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