Candidates for England job: Who is Ralf Rangnick?

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Football Association chiefs are ready to speak to dark horse Ralf Rangnick as they search for a new permanent manager.

According to the Telegraph, Rangnick held talks with technical director Dan Ashworth, chief executive Martin Glenn and vice-chairman David Gill after Roy Hodgson stepped down as manager.

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But the FA decided to go with Sam Allardyce, who this week threw it back in their face following a series of controversial comments that made his job untenable. Allardyce’s swift departure means the position is up for grabs again.

With the FA believed to be making a new approach to Arsene Wenger and Gareth Southgate already in position as caretaker, the former Schalke manager is considered a dark horse among the candidates.

Rangnick, for those unaware of his past, held the dual position of sporting director for both RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg. He guided the former to Germany’s top division as manager last season before moving back upstairs.

However, the German manager’s biggest achievement came in 2011 when his role as Schalke manager saw the Bundesliga club reach the Champions League final, where they were beaten by Manchester United.

Set to adapt to the role like a fish in water, Rangnick speaks fluent English, although that didn’t stop Sir Alex Ferguson being the greatest manager the country has seen.

This is one worth keeping an eye on.

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