Ralf Rangnick considers Austria manager role despite Manchester United consulting engagement

Manchester United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick is considering an offer to take over as national coach of the Austrian national team.

Sources say that the Austrian football association is “very interested” in hiring Rangnick and that his role as a consultant would not be affected.

United have been described as “very accommodating”, having denied reports earlier in the month that the Austrian FA had approached Rangnick.

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Austria have not qualified for the World Cup and have four Nations League games in June against Croatia, Denmark (twice) and France.

Rangnick, 63, suggested on Wednesday that he would stay in Manchester next season and fulfill his two-year consultant role after his interim spell ends.

Asked if he would be at United next season, Rangnick replied: “Yes, I will be. I’m looking forward to working in that advisory role and obviously helping Erik.” [ten Hag] as much as he himself wants it.

“Until now, we haven’t been able to talk to each other and we haven’t had any contact. He has his focus on Ajax, I have my focus on Manchester United here.”

“Obviously, I am more than willing and ready to help both Erik and anyone at the club to change everything for the better.”

Rangnick insisted on a consultant role included in his interim contract during negotiations with United in November.

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