Former RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick has agreed to become the next manager of AC Milan, according to the Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano. He will replace Stefano Pioli in the Milan hot seat at the start of the 2020/21 season.
Rangnick, 62, has already agreed to become the new boss at Milan, but Romano reports that he will hold further discussions about combining this with the sporting director job. This is currently held by club legend Paolo Maldini.
Ralf Rangnick to Take Over at AC Milan
Milan’s Time Under Pioli
Pioli took over at Milan in October 2019 on a two-year deal. This has arguably been one of the better seasons in Milan’s recent history, in terms of league position at least, but they clearly believe that Rangnick will be the man to take them forward rather than Pioli.
Results have not been too bad either. At the start of the year, they went on a five-game winning streak and they have generally held their own against sides above them in the table (a 5-0 thrashing at Atalanta aside).
However, all this still sees Milan sat seventh in the table, 29 points behind leaders Juventus and even massively distant from Atalanta in fourth. If the club are really serious about wanting to challenge for top honours in Italy again, then this change is necessary.
Rangnick’s Career So Far
The German manager had a name for himself in his homeland through spells at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig. He has also been the sporting director at the latter as well as RB Salzburg in Austria. Since 2019, he has been the head of sport and development for Red Bull.
Rangnick has been managing since 1983, with his first role being the player/manager at Viktoria Backnang. He then spent two years in the job at VfB Stuttgart II before going back to a player/manager role at TSV Lippoldsweiler.
Spells in the lower echelons of German football followed with SC Korb, Reutlingen 05 and Ulm 1846 before his big break arrived at Stuttgart in 1999. In his two years there, he guided them to success in the UEFA Intertoto Cup before moving on to Hannover 96, where he was the Bundesliga 2 title in 2001/02.
Across two spells at Schalke, he won the DFB-Pokal, the DFB-Supercup and the DFL-Ligapokal.