Former RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick has said that a potential role at Manchester United would would have to give him influence “across the whole club”.
United‘s poor start to the campaign, after which they sit 12th in the Premier League, has been partly blamed on the lack of such a figure at the club, with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward playing a similar at Old Trafford.
Rangnick – who now works as head of sport and development at Red Bull in New York and Sao Paulo – has previously been hailed as one of the most efficient sporting directors in European football.
The 61-year-old was also the head coach at Leipzig last term and they finished third in the Bundesliga, having been in the fourth division when Rangnick took over. The sporting director can also be credited for helping RB Salzburg’s rise in the past few seasons.
When asked by The Guardian about a potential future role at United, Rangnick said: “I am happy where I am but if any club wanted to speak to me, the question would have to be: ‘Can I be somebody who can influence areas of development across the whole club?’
“Otherwise you are only getting half of what I am capable of. If, after that, you can work together in a trustworthy and respectful way, then you are more likely to be successful.”
Rangnick was also quizzed on United’s poor start to the campaign, saying: “It’s always difficult to follow someone like Sir Alex Ferguson, who was so successful and in place for a long time – and that’s even harder if you are often changing coaches.
“With every coaching change, the identity changes and this is reflected in the sporting development. You can look at the money that team has had available in the last five years and say there has been an undeperformance.
“[Manchester City and Liverpool] have their identity and know what they need to develop, and so it’s no coincidence that they are dominating the league.”