Erik ten Hag was behind Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United exit 

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag
Ajax coach Erik ten Hag | Photo Credit: IMAGO

New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag personally made the call for the club to cut ties with Ralf Rangnick, according to reports.

The new Austrian coach was to remain in a consultancy role at Old Trafford after taking charge on a caretaker basis following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season. But according to ESPN, his replacement, Ten Hag, was unwilling to work alongside him. 

The report also claims that the German had expected to have a detailed face-to-face meeting over the club’s future with the former Ajax man, but Ten Hag was only willing to grant him a phone call. 

Ten Hag had reportedly been left unimpressed by Rangnick’s public claims that United would “need ten new signings” this summer.

The frosty ending to their relationship was a blow for Rangnick, who had personally lobbied for Ten Hag to succeed him at Old Trafford.

At Ten Haag’s recommendation, United bosses began to cut their ties with Rangnick. This brought the new Austrian manager’s term in Manchester to an end and they parted away ‘by mutual consent’.

A United statement confirmed Rangnick’s exit two weeks after the end of the season, saying:

“We would like to thank Ralf Rangnick for his efforts as interim manager over the past six months.

“By mutual agreement, Ralf will now focus solely on his new role as manager of the Austria national team and will not, therefore, be taking up a consultancy role at Old Trafford.

“We would like to wish Ralf the best of luck in this next chapter of his career.” 

Manchester United also reportedly requested that Rangnick sign a non-disclosure agreement following his exit.

Rangnick won only 11 of his 29 matches in charge.