How Lokomotiv Moscow actually wanted rid of Rangnick

  • Tom Grant
  • Updated: 27 Nov 2021 14:37 CET
  • 4 min read
Tom Grant Updated: 27 Nov 2021 14:37 CET 4 min read
Former RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick's appointment as interim Manchester United manager is imminent and likely to be announced ahead of the Red Devils trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

His move from Lokomotiv Moscow to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford on a temporary basis has dominated the United news agenda this week, and a deal between both clubs has reportedly been agreed in principle.

The 63-year old German boss is the man who allegedly inspired coaches such as Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel but reports today suggest he wasn't thought of as fondly in Russia.

The Transfer Exchange Show today claimed that Lokomotiv Moscow were thrilled to get rid of Rangnick.

They allege that United have paid just €2.5 million in compensation due to a clause in the German's contract.

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But they also claim Rangnick was holding out for a €300k performance bonus he felt he was owed and when requested Lokomotiv did not put up any sort of fight. In fact, they sent him the money without a word.

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The incoming United boss also had his moving expenses paid by the Russian club.

The alleged ease at which Lokomotiv let Rangnick might strike a chord of concern amongst the United faithful.

Rangnick's career

Rangnick has been a head coach since the mid-nineties when he took charge of SSV Reutlingen.

He went on to manage clubs such as Stuttgart, Hannover 96, Schalke, Hoffenheim and more recently RB Leipzig, whom he helped win promotion to the Bundesliga in 2016 and then establish them as a top league club during his second spell.

But it was his time with Hoffenheim that he rebuilt his name in Germany after a couple of sackings from jobs.

Ralf Rangnick is set to become Man Utd interim manager

He took the small club through back-to-back promotions, reaching the Bundesliga from the third tier in his first two seasons and then managed them to a seventh-place finish in his third.

Rangnick has overseen 653 matches as boss, winning 318 of them.

However, his last job as a manager came in 2019 with Leipzig, and in the last two years, he has been Director of Sport at Red Bull and then Lokomotiv.

That is a role Rangnick will take up at Manchester United when they eventually appoint a permanent successor.