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Ralf Rangnick appointed Austria boss

Ralf Rangnick has been appointed Austria national team manager, with the Manchester United interim boss to continue as a consultant to the club.

Rangnick's contract with the Austrian FA will run until 2024. His contract will automatically be extended by two more years if Austria qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

Rangnick’s new position will not impact his plan to start a two-year consultancy role with United at the end of the season, however.

The German said in a statement on Friday: “I will take over as national team manager of Austria at the end of the season but will continue my consultancy with Manchester United.

“I’m really looking forward to playing my part in helping United become a real force again.”

United appointed Rangnick in November 2021 after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But he was only employed in an interim capacity, with Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag this month appointed as Solskjaer’s permanent replacement.

Rangnick has won just 10 of his 26 matches in charge of the club, with defeats by Liverpool and Arsenal before Thursday’s draw with Chelsea appearing to extinguish United’s faint hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

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