Tottenham-linked Ralf Rangnick interested in Germany job

Stefan Bienkowski
Stefan Bienkowski Updated: 19 May 2021 16:43 CEST 5 min read

German football manager Ralf Rangnick has expressed an interest in becoming the next German national team head coach. 

Rangnick has been linked with a number of Premier League jobs since he left RB Leipzig last year, including Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. 

The 62-year-old coach also revealed that he turned down the job of becoming Chelsea manager in January and was on the verge of becoming Milan’s technical direct last year as well.

However, it now seems as though the German tactician may have an interest in pulling the strings at the international stage and potentially becoming the next Germany manager. 

“If I would still be free at that time, of course [I would be interested],” Rangnick told Sky Germany on Wednesday evening. 

“Anyway, it is a question of respect. Moreover, this is a position that leaves no one cold as a coach in Germany. I would take off and listen to that [phone call from the German FA].”

Why do Germany need a new head coach?

The German national team will be on the lookout for a new head coach, following Joachim Löw’s decision to leave the role in a few months time. 

Löw has been in charge of one of the biggest footballing nations in the world since 2006 and has gone on to win the World Cup in 2014, as well as a runners-up award for the Euros in 2008. 

However, his decision to step down from the position now means the German football association (the DFB) will now have to think long and hard about a potential successor. 

And Rangnick believes he would certainly be interested if the federation were to reach out to him before too long. 

“In general, I can imagine many things,” said the former RB Leipzig boss. “It’s a question of timing – at the moment I’m free – but Mr Keller [Fritz Keller, German Football Association president] wants to take his time.

“Now we just have to see what happens over the next few weeks.”