Erik ten Hag played a major role in Ralf Rangnick’s surprise exit from Manchester United – the latest Insider Notebook from ESPN. PLUS: Why Man City are happy to lose Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus this summer.
Ten Hag’s role in Rangnick’s death at United
Manchester United and Ralph Rangnick agreed to sever ties at the end of the season in part due to Eric ten Hag’s reluctance to work with the German in his proposed advisory role, sources told ESPN.
Rangnick spent the second half of last season as interim manager at Old Trafford and was due to take a two-year advisory role starting this summer.
But just a week after the end of the season, United announced that Rangnick would take a clean break from the club and focus fully on his role as Austria manager.
Sources told ESPN that United had instigated the termination of the agreement in consultation with Ten Hag, although Rangnick was already unhappy at not being given an official handover with the new manager.
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According to sources, Rangnick was expecting to meet Ten Hag face-to-face for a detailed meeting, but instead, the new United boss opted to grant only a phone call.
Sources also told ESPN that United chiefs are becoming increasingly unhappy with some of Rangnick’s public comments in press conferences, especially as as many as 10 new signings have been necessary this summer. The sources added that United had asked Rangnick to sign a non-disclosure agreement as part of his departure.
Rangnick oversaw a disastrous stint in first-team leadership after his appointment in November, winning just 11 of his 29 games. His reign ended with a 1-0 defeat 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 Ralph Rangnick for his efforts as interim manager over the past six months.
“By mutual agreement, Ralf will now only focus on his new role as Austrian manager and therefore will not take on an advisory role at Old Trafford.
“We would like to wish Ralph all the best in this next chapter of his career.” – Rob Dawson
Julian Lorenz shares his disappointment with the way Paris police treated Liverpool fans ahead of the Champions League final.
Liverpool receives FA support due to chaos in the Champions League
Liverpool have held private talks with the Football Association to discuss how English football’s governing body can actively support the club’s dealings with UEFA in the wake of the security and policing issues that marred last month’s Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris, sources told ESPN. .
Caught in huge crowds, some of whom were sprayed with tear gas by riot police, Liverpool fans were kept outside the Stade de France amid allegations by French authorities of “thousands of fake tickets” causing delays at turnstiles.
The kick-off, which ended in a 1-0 loss to Jurgen Klopp’s side, was delayed by 35 minutes due to off-field problems, and there were also reports of fans being attacked while trying to leave the pitch. Train station nearby.
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UEFA formed an independent investigation, with Liverpool also collecting data and evidence from fans affected by the problems with the match, but there was anger and frustration among club fans over the lack of public support or interference from the FA in those days. And weeks since the final.
The FA has yet to issue a public statement on events in Paris, but speaking to reporters this week, FA President Debbie Hewitt said a dialogue had taken place with Liverpool.
“We’ve spoken extensively with Liverpool and the club and asked them how we can best help them,” Hewitt said. “What matters to me as president of the Football Association is that [Liverpool CEO] Billy Hogan and Liverpool feel we are doing everything we can to support getting the facts and making sure they are impartial. So far, Billy feels like we do.
“When situations happen, the most important thing is to collect and collect the facts in the most independent way possible. And that is the responsibility of UEFA – it is their league, not the FA. It is really important that they are able to satisfy that the facts are collected in a completely independent way.
“Sometimes in these situations it’s not necessarily our best role to be a spokesperson, especially when this isn’t a tournament. But to do what we can behind the scenes to ensure those two things happen.”
Liverpool have not publicly detailed the extent of the FA’s involvement, but sources have told ESPN that private conversations “providing support” have taken place between senior figures at Anfield and within the FA. – Mark Ogden
Julian Lorenz shares his thoughts on how Cole Palmer would “fit right” into Pep Guardiola’s system at Manchester City.
City’s faith in Cole Palmer could lead to Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus leaving
Manchester City did not rule out the possibility of allowing both Gabriel Jesus And the Raheem Sterling They are set to leave this summer because of their faith in the 20-year-old striker Cole Palmersources told ESPN.
Arsenal lead the hunt for Gabriel Jesus while Chelsea made their first target under new owner Todd Boyle.
City sources say Gabriel Jesus is more likely to leave the Etihad this summer, but they have not ruled out allowing both to leave.
Erling Haaland Julian Alvarez has arrived to back the attacker but Pep Guardiola and his staff have high hopes for Palmer and believe the England Under-21 international could be on the cusp of a major breakthrough.
Palmer already made 11 first-team appearances, scoring three goals, but missed most of the second half of last season due to injury. He is set to be part of Guardiola’s squad to tour the United States this summer and then compete for a place on the Manchester City right three next season.
City will allow Jesus to join Arsenal if they meet the £50m valuation. Meanwhile, Sterling is interested in a move to Chelsea, but there are doubts in the federation over whether Stamford Bridge will make a significant offer for the player with only one year left on his contract. – Rob Dawson
Ukrainian clubs prepare to return to the European Championship
The Polish city of Lodz will host Dynamo Kyiv’s second Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce next month due to the ongoing military conflict in their country, forcing the 16-times champions Ukraine to play the match in a neutral country.
Dynamo will become the first Ukrainian team to play in European competition since the Russian invasion in February, but although the war is now largely confined to the eastern regions, UEFA continues to insist that all teams from the country play their home matches outside Ukraine. .
Lodz, a 560-mile drive from Kyiv, hosted the Ukraine League match against the Republic of Ireland at Stadion Miejski Widzewa Lodz earlier this month, and the 18,000-capacity stadium will also host the first leg of Dinamo’s qualifier against Turkish side Fenerbahce in July. 20.
Dinamo and champion Shakhtar Donetsk play in the Champions League this season, with Dnipro 1 in the European League and Zorya Luhansk and Vorskla Poltava in the European Conference League.
All Russian teams are still banned from participating in the UEFA competition, while UEFA has also confirmed that Ukraine and Belarus clubs will not be faced with due to the latter’s political allegiance to Russia. – Mark Ogden