Just as we all expected Martinez to be named our new boss in a matter of days, reports of Everton speaking with Ralf Rangnick broke out and flooded our timelines. I’m sure the first thought on the minds of many was who the hell is that! Certainly a surprise candidate for the vacant Everton job and a manager I’d welcomed with open arms.
So who is Ralf Rangnick? The 54 year old was born in the town of Backnang and is currently the sporting director at Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg and German side RB Leipzig. Before these two roles he enjoyed a successful spell as a manager, a role he looks to return to. Rangnick hasn’t managed a side since he resigned from Schalke due to health issues. Rangnick has a wealth of experience, 30 years of it in fact and he’s achieved great things in charge of the likes of Schalke, Hannover, Stuttgart and Hoffenheim.
One of his biggest achievements was leading Schalke to their first Champions League semi-final after a highly impressive 7-3 victory over Inter Milan. Another highlight from his two spells at Schalke was the 2010-11 cup success where Schalke managed to defeat Bayern Munich in the semi-final before going on to demolish Duisburg 5-0 in the final.
Rangnick has also enjoyed a successful time in charge of Hoffenheim where spent his longest time in charge of a club. His time at Hoffenhiem saw him totally change the club from a small village team playing in the Reigionalliga South to the Bundesliga, his first two seasons in charge lead to back to back promotions and in the clubs first season in the Bundesliga he lead the team to a 7th place finish. Hoffenheim only managed a mid-table finish the following season but in the 2010-11 season he would only take charge of 17 games before quitting the club due to the sale of Luis Gustavo to Bayern Munich.
Another achievement that is a personal favourite of mine is the success he had at Hannover. His first season in charge he won them promotion from the 2.Bundesliga after an impressive 34 wins, 9 draws and only 3 losses. In one season in charge he managed to achieve something a manager failed to do for 13 years and that was get Hannover playing Bundesliga football once again. The club haven’t looked back since.
So what does Rangnick bring to the table? He has a record of 47.23% wins, 22.72% draws and 30.05% of losses. He is known for using 4-3-3 often and he gets his teams playing attractive attacking football. Something that has been praised in the past, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar praised him when he was in charge of Schalke.
Rangnick is a notorious workaholic and has been described as the German Wenger, “Ralf Rangnick is a ‘German Wenger’… an empire builder and an advocate of attacking football.” As well as that Rangnick also has a high interest in youth development, something that would be welcomed at Everton. We have a good youth players coming through yet they aren’t getting the chances they crave and need. Being German and having great knowledge of the German game, he will be able to bring in some aspects from the German model which could prove to be very successful in the future, especially as the club are yet to find investment. Looking to our youth to produce future stars would be an ideal option.
If Rangnick does win the race for the Everton job then he would become Everton’s first foreign manager and Everton would also be the first Premier League club to appoint a German manager.
Whoever takes over will have big boots to fill and I’m confident Rangnick would be the man to fill them. If he stays at the club for a while and he does introduce the German techniques of developing talents, then we could be in for something special.
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