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New Man Utd manager, Rangnick names three coaches who inspired him

by OtownGist

New Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick, has named three coaches who inspired his managerial career.

Rangnick was unveiled to the press on Friday morning ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Asked who inspired him, Rangnick was quoted by Man United’s official website as saying: “Yes, I would say there were two or three people who inspired me.

“In the first instance, it was a friend of mine called Helmut Gross.

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“He inspired not only me but also quite a few other German coaches. He was an amateur coach himself. In normal business, he was an engineer building bridges, but at the time he was probably the first coach in Germany who played with a back four with ball-orientated zonal marking.

“I met him when I was 23, 24, and he had a great influence on my development as a coach, and since then, we have worked together at Red Bull and in Hoffenheim.

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“During my time as a coach, I was also inspired at the time by Arrigo Sacchi at Milan in the 1980s. They not only dominated European football, but they also created a very sustainable, very special, very unique style of football.

“And in my first time of coaching in my home town in Backnang we played against Valeriy Lobanovskyi’s Dynamo Kiev, I was on the pitch and I have told the story many times that after 10 minutes I had to count the players on the pitch because I felt as if they had one or two players more than my team. After the game, I spoke to Valeriy Lobanovskyi with a translator and they told me that they trained that every day, pressing all over the pitch every time.

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“So I went to see their training sessions and from then on I knew why they were playing like this and that it was possible to play like this if you consequently work on this on a daily basis in training.”

Rangnick will be in charge when Man United host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford this weekend.

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