Thierry Henry has praised the work rumoured Newcastle target Ralf Rangnick has done for the Red Bull brands, as he told CBS Sports on Paramount+ (19/10/21 at 7:20 pm)
The 63-year-old is seemingly keen on the Newcastle manager’s job, according to the Chronicle.
Rangnick is currently Head of Sports and Development at Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow, so if he were to take the Newcastle job, then it wouldn’t be that hard to get him out.
During his career, the German has gained a reputation for his style of play and inspiring some of the top coaches in the game today, including Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann.
The German was the director of football for the Red Bull brands – Leipzig, New York RB and Salzburg – and he was pivotal in their enormous growth, including Leipzig, who reached German’s top-tier, finished as runners-up and are now competing in the Champions League.
Since leaving his role, the Red Bull brands have struggled, which Henry touched upon, as he praised the influence he has had in the game and to current Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch.
“Ralf Rangnick arrived when Jesse Marsch became the coach of the New York Red Bulls,” said Henry.
“Rangnick arrived with the Red Bull brand and he started to implement certain way of play, which obviously Jesse had to take on board.
“From that point, he had an amazing time with the Red Bulls, he went to Australia, then know he ended being at Leipzig – but it’s impressive to see how he is managing the team. But you have to give a lot of credit to Ralf Rangnick for bringing that idea and philosophy.”
“Since Ralf Rangnick left the Red Bulls system and the whole company, they have been struggling now.”
It seems as though Rangnick wants the manager’s job and not a seat in the boardroom in the North East.
There’s no doubt that he would be quite the coup on the touchline, if the Magpies were to snap him up, because he is known for his attacking football, high-pressing and aggressive play.
But perhaps he is better off being director of football, or whatever fancy name is going to be given to the individual in charge of running Newcastle’s ship from a footballing perspective.
He has the philosophy, talent to spot the best coaches and players, and methods to implement the right ways for the Magpies to move forward, from the youth set ups all the way to the big-money signings.