Former Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick turns down Bayern Munich job | Football

The former Man Utd boss will remain in charge of Austria (Picture: Getty)

Ralf Rangnick has turned down an approach from Bayern Munich to succeed Thomas Tuchel, with the German giants once again back to square one in their search for a new manager.

The Bavarians have been hunting for a new coach since Tuchel announced he would be stepping down at the end of the season, though their plans were scuppered when first-choice target Xabi Alonso confirmed he would be staying with Bundesliga champions Bayer Leverkusen.

They were then linked with a move for former boss Julian Nagelsmann, though he snubbed a return and extended his contract with Germany until the 2026 World Cup.

That prompted a move for former Manchester United interim coach Rangnick and talks seemed to be progressing well, but the 65-year-old has now opted to remain in charge of Austria and says he is fully focused on preparing for this summer’s Euros.

Confirming that he would be staying in charge of Austria beyond the Euros, Rangnick said of his decision: ‘I am the Austrian team boss with all my heart.

‘I really enjoy this task and am determined to successfully continue on our chosen path.

‘I would like to expressly emphasise that this is not a rejection of FC Bayern, but rather a decision for my team and our common goals.

‘Our full concentration is on the European Championships. We will do everything we can to get as far as possible!’

Former Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick

Rangnick has committed his future to the Austria national team (Picture: Getty)

Austrian FA president Klaus Mitterdorfer said of Rangnick’s decision: ‘We are very pleased about this decision by Ralf Rangnick and the clear commitment to a shared future.

‘We were always very confident that the heart and team spirit, but also the design options, were very good arguments. All together we will now go into the Euros even stronger.’

Rangnick is thought to have been reluctant to try and juggle preparing for the Euros alongside planning Bayern’s pre-season and squad building, while he was also wary of taking charge of a top club and dealing with all the pressure that comes with it.

Bayern had been very confident of securing a deal for Rangnick, with club president Herbert Hainer also effusive in his praise of the former RB Leipzig guru, saying: ‘He is an excellent expert on the football scene. He has enormous skills in developing players and teams.

‘Everything I hear from those around the Austrian national team is very, very positive, and we ourselves have players who work under him.

‘If he were to come, he would be a very good choice for us. Hopefully it won’t take too long.’

Bayern will now need to go back to the drawing board in their hunt for a new manager but they are running out of options, while they might even consider convincing Tuchel to remain after fans started a petition urging him to stay.

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