Why Ralf Rangnick could be the perfect first appointment at a new-look Newcastle United

According to the Chronicle, Ralf Rangnick is interested in taking a role in the new era at St James’ Park, with the Telegraph also claiming that we are keen to make him our new sporting director.

The German has had a varied career in football, from his days as a player, into management and now as an administrator.

He is most famous for his role in building the Red Bull dynasty, playing a key role at Salzburg and Leipzig. Rangnick is known for being a club builder, capable of delivering an exciting style of play, excellent recruitment and joined up thinking.

That is what he managed for Red Bull, across their two European teams. A look at the players that came into the clubs during his time in charge underline his talent identification skills.

However, he is also known for being able to coach an exciting style of play. It is unlikely he would be brought in as a coach, but he would be able to ensure the playing style is coached across all age groups and the first team.

During his time in Germany, he influenced many coaches, including Jurgen Klopp, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann. This emphasises Rangnick’s standing in the game.

Although supporters will be speculating about managerial appointments and new signings, the appointments in the board room will be even more important. 

A director of football/sporting director is key in delivering a long term approach. There needs to be joined up thinking and we can’t alter plans based on who is the current head coach.

There are few better than Rangnick and this project would be perfect for him, as he would be required to rebuild the club entirely. The consortium may have made a good impression, but they don’t have the skills to do that currently.

That is why a director of football/sporting director is required. Rangnick also has an excellent record of youth development and could help with the academy improvements.

If he is a name under consideration, it suggests the new owners are looking in the right places.

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