Ten Hag’s role in Rangnick’s exit
Erik ten Hag played a key role in Ralf Rangnick’s sudden exit from Manchester United – ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. MORE: Why Man City are happy to lose Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus this summer.
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Ten Hag’s role in Rangnick’s demise at United
Manchester United and Ralf Rangnick have agreed to sever ties at the end of the season in part due to Erik ten Hag’s reluctance to work with the German in his proposed consultancy role, sources have told ESPN .
Rangnick spent the second half of last season as caretaker manager at Old Trafford and was due in a two-year consultancy role from this summer.
But just a week after the end of the campaign, United announced that Rangnick would make a clean break from the club and focus fully on his role as manager of the Austria national team.
Sources have told ESPN that United were behind the termination of the deal in consultation with Ten Hag, although Rangnick is already unhappy at not securing an official transfer with the new manager.
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Rangnick, sources say, expected to meet Ten Hag in person for a detailed meeting, but instead the new United boss opted to grant only a phone call.
Sources have also told ESPN that United bosses have grown increasingly infuriated by some of Rangnick’s public comments at press conferences, in particular that up to 10 new signings are needed this summer. Sources added that United had asked Rangnick to sign a non-disclosure agreement as part of his departure.
Rangnick oversaw a disastrous spell in charge of the first team following his appointment in November, winning just 11 of his 29 games. His reign ended in a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace on the final day of the season and United announced his departure in a statement a week later.
It read: “We would like to thank Ralf Rangnick for his efforts as caretaker manager over the past six months.
“By mutual agreement, Ralf will now focus solely on his new role as manager of the Austrian national team and will therefore not take on a consulting role at Old Trafford.
“We would like to wish Ralf the best of luck in this next chapter of his career.” -Rob Dawson
Julien Laurens shares his disappointment with the way Paris police treated Liverpool fans ahead of the Champions League final.
Liverpool receive FA support amid Champions League chaos
Liverpool have held private conversations with the Football Association to discuss how English football’s governing body can actively support the club’s relationship with UEFA following the police and security concerns that marred the final. last month’s Champions League against Real Madrid in Paris, sources have told ESPN.
Liverpool supporters were held in huge crowds, some sprayed with tear gas by riot police, as they were held outside the Stade de France as French authorities demanded ‘thousands of counterfeit tickets’ “causing delays at the turnstiles.
The kick-off of the match, which ended in a 1-0 defeat for Jurgen Klopp’s side, was delayed by 35 minutes due to problems outside the stadium and fans were also attacked as they tried to leave the pitch for the nearby train station.
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UEFA have formed an independent investigation, with Liverpool also taking statements and evidence from supporters affected by the match’s issues, but there has been anger and frustration among club supporters at the lack of public support or intervention of the English FA these days. and weeks since the final.
The English FA have yet to issue a public statement regarding the events in Paris, but speaking to reporters this week, FA chairman Debbie Hewitt said a dialogue had taken place with Liverpool.
“We spoke a lot to Liverpool, at the club, and asked them how we could best help them,” Hewitt said. “What’s important to me as FA chairman is that [Liverpool CEO] Billy Hogan and Liverpool feel we are doing everything we can to help get the facts and make sure they are unbiased. To this day, Billy thinks we do.
“When situations arise, the most important thing is that the facts are gathered and gathered as independently as possible. And that’s UEFA’s responsibility – it’s their tournament, not the FA: It is really important that they are able to satisfy that the facts have been collected completely independently.
“Sometimes in these situations our best role is not necessarily to be a public spokesperson, especially when it’s not our tournament. But to do what we can behind the scenes to ensure that these two things happen.”
Liverpool have not publicly detailed the extent of the FA’s involvement, but sources have told ESPN that “supportive” private conversations have taken place between senior figures at Anfield and the FA. — Marc Ogden
Julien Laurens shares his thoughts on how Cole Palmer will ‘fit perfectly’ into Pep Guardiola’s system at Manchester City.
City’s faith in Cole Palmer could see Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus leave
Manchester City have not ruled out the possibility of allowing Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling to leave this summer due to their faith in 20-year-old striker Cole Palmer, sources have told ESPN.
Arsenal are leading the hunt for Gabriel Jesus while Chelsea have made Sterling their top target under new owner Todd Boehly.
City sources claim Gabriel Jesus is the more likely of the two to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer, but they haven’t ruled out allowing the two to leave.
Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez have arrived to bolster the striker, but Pep Guardiola and his team also have high hopes for Palmer and believe the England Under-21 international could be on the verge of his breakthrough.
Palmer has already made 11 first-team appearances, scoring three goals, but missed much of the second half of last season through injury. He is expected to be part of Guardiola’s squad to tour the United States this summer and then compete for a place on the right of City’s top three next season.
City will allow Jesus to join Arsenal if he reaches the £50million valuation. Sterling, meanwhile, is interested in a move to Chelsea, but there are doubts at the Etihad over whether the Stamford Bridge club will table a meaningful offer for a player who is just a year old on the job. his contract. -Rob Dawson
Ukrainian clubs prepare for return to European action
The Polish city of Lodz will host Dynamo Kyiv’s Champions League second qualifying round against Fenerbahçe next month due to the ongoing military conflict in their country, forcing the 16-time Ukrainian champions to stage the match in a neutral country.
Dynamo will become the first Ukrainian club to play in European competition since the invasion of Russia in February, but although the war is now largely confined to the eastern regions, UEFA continue to insist that all teams of the country play their home matches outside Ukraine. .
Lodz, 560 miles from Kyiv, hosted Ukraine’s Nations League game against the Republic of Ireland at Stadion Miejski Widzewa Lodz earlier this month and the 18,000 capacity venue will also host the first leg Dynamo’s qualifying match against Turkish side Fenerbahçe in July. 20.
Dynamo and champions Shakhtar Donetsk will play in the Champions League this season, with Dnipro-1 in the Europa League and Zorya Luhansk and Vorskla Poltava in the Europa Conference League.
All Russian teams continue to be banned from UEFA competitions, while UEFA has also confirmed that clubs from Ukraine and Belarus will not be drawn due to the latter’s political allegiance to Russia. –Mark Ogden