Ralf rangnick clears his office with a direct view of the training ground for the new sports director markus krosche. The long-serving chief strategist is parting ways with RB leipzig not only in terms of space but also contractually.
Rangnick is to take on an overarching role as "head of sport and development soccer" in the soccer network of the red bull group, networking and supervising the locations in leipzig, brazil and new york. "We need to get into a kind of pioneering role before other clubs get into it. The advantage we have, in terms of logistics alone, is something we have to bring to the track," said rangnick in leipzig.
The 60-year-old came up with the idea "in the shower" during his christmas vacation. "There the idea has matured, the new objective and task, in terms of further development of RB leipzig. I find the task extremely appealing," said rangnick, who is already looking for new premises. Leipzig is to remain the center of his life.
After seven years at RB leipzig, with two spells in the dual role of head coach and sporting director and, most recently, another qualification for the champions league and a place in the DFB cup final, he now felt the time had come for a change. "For me the decisive thing was: i’m a guy who needs clear goals," he stressed. Being the sole sporting director "in the rough microcosm of RB leipzig" had only enabled development steps in the small percentage range. Rangnick thinks more broadly – like the group.
The purchase of the brazilian club CA bragantino has "further fuelled my ideas about what is possible there. It would be a laugh if, with our expertise, our know-how and everything we’ve proven here in the last seven years, we didn’t manage to get the club into the first division in the next one, two, three years at the most," rangnick said of his goals with the second-division club. He also wants to continue his "fantastic work" with the new york red bulls. "What’s still missing is winning the MLS title," rangnick stressed. He sees "the importance and the radiance of major league soccer" continuing to grow.
As the new head of soccer at red bull, the future direction of the former leipzig partner club RB salzburg remains a piquant question. "They are completely independent and self-sufficient," rangnick emphasized.
The club’s lawyer likes to hoard the words, after all, the leipzigers had to prove to UEFA that they had been unbundled from the salzburgers before the 2017 premiere in the konigsklasse. The champions league regulations state that "no one may at the same time be involved, directly or indirectly, in any capacity or with any mandate, in the management, administration and/or sporting performance of more than one club participating in a UEFA club competition"."The practice looks like this: the training camp of the brazilians will take place in austria, where rangnick’s current co-coach jesse marsch will shortly become the new salzburg head coach.
Probably also to avoid legal conflicts, rangnick has left rasenballsport leipzig by contract. The entire sporting management in leipzig around new coach julian nagelsmann will be renewed. Sports director will be the previous paderborn markus krosche. The 38-year-old will have a contract with the saxons until june 30, 2022. June 2022. In the next two or three weeks, he will be joined by a sporting director, the successor, as it were, to jochen schneider, who has moved to FC schalke 04. On 15. In june, rangnick wants to "hand over the best possible team" to the new management.
In his new job, the head thinker then strives for a "regular exchange with coaches and sports directors" at all locations in order to bring the coaching staff, video analysis, the topic of nutrition" to a similar level everywhere thanks to the "synergy effects. Rangnick will be supported by current co-coach and video analyst lars kornetka, who is also moving to the group. Chief scout paul mitchell is also to strengthen rangnick’s team in the short term – talks are already underway.
The planned "sporting cooperation" with SC paderborn, a team promoted to the bundesliga, is not entirely without explosive power. As part of the cooperation, it is conceivable that players will first be loaned to paderborn in the future before they are brought to leipzig, leipzig’s chief executive oliver mintzlaff explained. The cooperation also makes sense because krosche knows the club well, mintzlaff stressed. The cooperation also includes an exchange in the scouting area. The paderborn-based company declined to comment on the specifics of the agreement when asked.