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Ralf Rangnick closes the door as Germany search for Hansi Flick’s replacement

The former Manchester United interim manager has had his name mentioned as a potential successor to Flick, who was dismissed of his duties yesterday in the wake of a shock 4-1 loss against Japan in Wolfsburg.

Former Manchester United interim manager and current Austria schoolmaster Ralf Rangnick has closed the door surrounding the possibility of taking up the Germany vacancy as the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) begins its search for Hansi Flick’s replacement.

Flick, who was in charge from July 2021 until yesterday, presided over one of the worst periods in terms of results for the German national team while boasting a ~1.70 points-per-match rate; the second-worst in the program’s illustrious history.

As such, Flick, who presided over Germany’s second successive ousting in the group stage at a World Cup during a disastrous campaign in Qatar, was dismissed from his duties the day after Die Mannschaft fell in a shock 4-1 defeat against Japan in Wolfsburgs.

Links with both Julian Nagelsmann and Oliver Glasner have already heated up as the DFB looks to move quickly to secure a long-term replacement while giving the next man into the breach enough time to bed in his ideals in the run-up to hosting Euro 2024.

But for Rangnick, potentially heading up the Nationalelf is a non-starter, with quotes from Austrian outlet ORF detailing his commitment to leading the Austrian national team.

“No chance. I decided 14 months ago to work as head coach at Austria, prepare the team to qualify for the Euros, and play a good role there. Everything else is not a topic for me.”

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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