Football management is a strange business and nothing else for Ralf Rangnick who was seen as a Man Utd misfit and moved on to get the job as Austria national coach. Following his paths in football you start to think about what type journalism you get when you for most, in the UK, are unknown to their press and pundit experts.
Ralf Rangnick had a proper background of football when taking over Man Utd, being head coach of several Bundesliga clubs such as Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig. To talk in sentences about him not having the best grip on this type of job says more about those talks than of the man himself.
The demand on a manager at Man Utd will always be high. The fans, journalist and experts and of course the board at suchs a club will give demands few or no one can fulfill. Ralf Rangnick went out the door after guiding the club to a 6th place finish. He took on the Austria job almost immediately.
He had a good record from his previous German clubs, bringing home a number of cup titles and ending runners-up in the league. With the domination of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in German football, the work of Ralf Rangnick was acknowledged as excellent.
Germany recently sacked their head coach Hansi Flick after a terrible friendly at home to Japan. To see Die Mannschaft losing 4-0 on home soil against a nation that in football are minors when compared, made it obvious that decision would come. Ralf Rangnick was one of the candidates to be listed as his job with the Austria national team has been seen and admired.
He had no interest at that point to become the German head coach, but probably not being the top candidate with former Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann appointed.
Austria will be in Germany next summer, having 16 points after 8 games. They are currently 2nd in their group on 16 points, with Sweden 3rd on only 7 points, not able to catch Ralf Rangnick and his team.
Austria will play Germany in a friendly at home on the 21st of November, of course putting pressure on Die Mannschaft and their new coach. Ralf Rangnick looks confident and in controll as his shape of the Austria team looks solid and founded.