The Austrian Football Association has denied meeting Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick for talks over their managerial vacancy.
Reports this morning suggested the Austrian FA’s sports director Peter Schottel flew to Manchester on Monday to discuss the role with Rangnick, who will move into an advisory role at the end of the season, working just 6 days a month at United for the next two years.
It was thought that Rangnick could juggle both jobs because international football is less demanding, on top of the fact he won’t be working full-time at United, but the Austrian FA has issued a statement denying the links.
They tweeted: “Clarification: There wqs no meeting between OFB sports director Peter Schottel and Ralf Rangnick, coach of @ManUtd.”
Klarstellung: Es hat kein Treffen zwischen ÖFB-Sportdirektor Peter Schöttel und Ralf Rangnick, Trainer von @ManUtd, stattgefunden.
— ÖFB – oefb.at (@oefb1904) April 6, 2022
Rangnick would’ve downplayed the links at tomorrow’s press conference either way.
But with the Austrian FA doing that via social media, the German should avoid a flurry questions about turning to international management.
From a United perspective, I want Rangnick to have an influential role at the club but it doesn’t sound very hands on if you read the latest report from the Daily Mail.
Rangnick is getting a backseat role.