Opinion: Why Ralf Rangnick is an ideal candidate for the Tottenham job

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Tottenham have reportedly offered former manager and sporting director of RB Leipzig, Ralf Rangnick the new head coach role at the club (Bild).

They have been searching for a new manager after sacking José Mourinho on the 19th of April due to a string of extremely poor results which ultimately saw them crash out of the Europa League quarter-final and lose significant ground in the race for Champions League qualification.

Spurs find themselves with a severe lack of choice – they are left with very few stand-out candidates; however, I feel that Ralf Rangnick is one of the ideal replacements, and I will now explain why.

Rangnick is a vastly experienced coach, the 62-year-old began his managerial career in 1983 as a player-coach for FC Viktoria Backnang, since then he has won eight trophies in his career, including 2 league titles with RB Salzburg (transfermarkt).

He is responsible for guiding RB Leipzig to the highest tier of German football, averaging an outstanding 1.93 points per game during his time there (transfermarkt).

One might argue that he is not exactly a perfect fit for Tottenham as it seems Daniel Levy would prefer a younger manager according to Bild journalist, Christian Falk.

However, I believe that Ralf Rangnick is the best of both worlds; he has the experience of winning trophies but has also adapted extremely well to the way that the modern game is changing.

Rangnick has an incredible philosophy towards young players, he has been able to nurture players such as Timo Werner and Marcel Sabitzer, turning them into top-class stars.

Not only that, but he also has an exceptional ability to identify gifted young players. He is credited with signing some elite-level starlets including the likes of Roberto Firmino, Joshua Kimmich and Gylfi Sigurdsson to name but a few (transfermarkt).

As a coach, Rangnick delivers a very exciting brand of football with an emphasis on relentless pressing and very direct passing, this would no doubt please the Spurs faithful. He also prefers a double pivot system in midfield, which Tottenham are familiar with.

For all the above reasons, I believe he is almost a perfect fit for the club and could really push us to new heights. Nonetheless, whoever Tottenham decide to appoint, whether it is Rangnick or not, let’s hope it is the right decision.

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  1. I totally agree that he would be the best appointment, there are two routes Daniel Levy really has with the type of manager he goes with, we just went with a proven a winner already in Mourinho and the only other proven manager on the list is really Rafa Benitez, but I believe we need to go down the head coach route someone that can support a rebuild and work with some of the younger talent, this guy fits the bill. He could also follow the similar model of then moving into a director of football role in the future as he did with RB Leipzig, but whoever we go with there is a lot of deadwood in the team: Moura, Lamela, Aurier, Dier, Toby, Sissoko, Winks, Rose, Davies, Sanchez, they all need to go and we need to either promote youngsters or bring in some really clever buys. The sad thing is we may need to sell Son and Kane to fund this rebuild.


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