Rangnick speaks out about his interview for England job

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RB Leipzig director Ralf Rangnick was interviewed for the England managerial role after Roy Hodgson’s departure.

Following England’s dismal run in EURO 2016, Roy Hodgson left the job and Rangnick was one of the front-runners for the vacant post. He was interviewed by FA’s technical director Dan Ashworth with whom Rangnick had a close relationship. But finally Sam Allardyce got the nod ahead of Rangnick. Rangnick suggested that FA’s lack of desire to work with a foreign manager triggered Big Sam’s appointment.

Rangnick previously had the experience of managing Bundesliga giants Schalke, Hannover, Stuggart and Hoffenheim. He was also the coach of RB Leipzig in 2015-16 season helping them to gain promotion in the Bundesliga.

He is now the technical director of Leipzig who finished second in the Bundesliga this time and bracing themselves for their first ever Champions League appearance in the upcoming season.

In an interview with FourFourTwo, Rangnick revealed his interview experience for England managerial role.

He told:

“Dan first contacted me in 2012 and invited me to an interview at West Brom. He offered me the job but I knew he was probably going to join the FA, so I turned it down.

“After the Euros he called me again and asked if I would come for an interview for the England job. I said, “How realistic is that?”

“He said that if it was up to him it would be very realistic, but that there were some other people on the board who’d also have a say, and a few of them thought it should be an Englishman.

“Of course, that’s normal. Three days after I went for the interview, they informed me that Sam Allardyce would be taking over as manager.”