Rangers aren’t the only club celebrating getting a new manager as Man United officially announce the interim appointment of German coach Ralf Rangnick.
The ex-RB Leipzig manager joins the Red Devils in a managerial role until the summer with the coach to continue in a consultancy capacity two years beyond the end of the season.
Welcome to Manchester United, Ralf Rangnick 🔴🇩🇪#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 29, 2021
But whilst both the Old Trafford club and the Ibrox one are enjoying the appointment of new coaches, the work permit situation of Ralf Rangnick makes a mockery of complaints levelled at new Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst but a few weeks ago.
Rangers managed to secure GVB and the bones of his backroom staff within a week of Steven Gerrard leaving for Aston Villa with Stevie G hauling six coaches to Birmingham with him.
Ross Wilson absolutely deserves credit for getting the deals to bring van Bronckhorst and his staff over the line but even the Rangers sporting director was no match for Her Majesty’s Immigration Service.
Ralf Rangnick must wait for Man United work permit like GVB had to wait for a Rangers one
Rangers needed work permits for GVB and his staff to begin work – or risk sanctions otherwise – and the same is true of new Man United boss Ralf Rangnick.
As the Athletic explains, Ralf Rangnick will not be in the dugout for this weekend’s enticing clash with Chelsea due to work permit related issues.
Manchester United have agreed a deal to appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim manager.
The German is poised to join #MUFC on a six-month contract but won’t be in charge this weekend vs. Chelsea while he waits for his work permit.
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) November 25, 2021
Similarly – with all the best intentions in the world – Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst couldn’t take charge of his side until the paperwork came through.
Rangers announced this happening on Monday 22nd of November – the day after the Premier Sports Cup exit to Hibs – and until this point Giovanni couldn’t take charge of the side.
Yet some coverage insisted van Bronckhorst should’ve been in the changing room at halftime.
Somehow, the Dutchman’s presence in the changing room should’ve been enough to transform a flat-footed, uninspired Rangers who – at 3-1 down at halftime – were apparently already beaten.
The usual quirky exclusives on the subject were to be expected – controversy often the only currency some have to spend in Scottish football journalism – but Barry Ferguson broke a few hearts with the suggestion later in the week.
If Rangers and Scottish football can learn anything from the Man United appointment of Ralf Rangnick, it’s that post-Brexit work permits really are an unavoidable reality in British football.
Even if outspoken pundits wanted to pretend otherwise.
Meanwhile, one Rangers director deserves credit for steering the club through the storm of Gerrard’s departure ahead of a new challenge at Ibrox.