RB Leipzig appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim head coach

RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick will move to the dugout at the Red Bull Arena for the 2018-19 Bundesliga season, the club has confirmed today.

Ralph Hasenhüttl parted ways in May, with a deal to bring in Julian Nagelsmann from 1899 Hoffenheim at the start of the 2019-20 campaign.

With one year before the long-term head coach arrives, the Lower Saxony club have decided to move the experienced Rangnick from his role as sporting director to head coach for one season.

Ralf Rangnick knows the club well as it was he whom guided Leipzig to their first-ever promotion to the Bundesliga back in 2016.

Speaking at a club press conference today, the new head coach said:

“It was a decision we had to take time to think over.

“We have decided that I will take on the head coaching role myself, with the help of the best possible coaching staff. The goal is for me to be on the pitch for the training sessions [while] we will redistribute some [internal] tasks to my sporting director.”

The club also confirmed that former Chivas USA, Chicago Fire and DC United midfielder Jesse Marsch will be assistant to Ralf Rangnick next season, and keep his duties upon the arrival of Julian Nagelsmann in a year’s time.

Marsch was most recently in charge of the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer.