Erik ten Hag played a key role in Ralf Rangnick’s sudden departure from Manchester United — ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest news. PLUS: Why Man City are happy to lose Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus this summer.
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Ten Hag’s role in Rangnick’s downfall at United
Manchester United and Ralf Rangnick agreed to cut ties at the end of the season, in part because of Erik ten Hag’s unwillingness to work with the German in his proposed advisory role, sources have told ESPN.
Rangnick spent the second half of last season as an interim manager at Old Trafford and would take up a two-year consultancy role from this summer.
But just a week after the end of the season, United announced that Rangnick would make a clear split with the club and concentrate fully on his role as manager of the Austria national team.
Sources told ESPN United have initiated the termination of the deal in conjunction with Ten Hag, although Rangnick was already unhappy at not getting a formal transfer with the new manager.
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According to sources, Rangnick expected to meet Ten Hag in person for a detailed meeting, but instead the new United boss chose to allow only a phone call.
Sources also told ESPN that United bosses were increasingly annoyed by some of Rangnick’s public comments at press conferences, most notably that as many as 10 new signings were needed this summer. Sources added that United had asked Rangnick to sign a nondisclosure agreement as part of his departure.
Rangnick oversaw a disastrous stint as first-team leader after his nomination 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 Ralf Rangnick for his efforts as interim manager over the past six months.
By mutual agreement, Ralf will now focus solely on his new role as manager of the Austrian national team and will therefore not take up a consultancy role at Old Trafford.
“We want to wish Ralf the best of luck in this next chapter of his career.” — Rob Dawson
Julien Laurens shares his disappointment at how the Paris police treated Liverpool fans ahead of the Champions League final.
Liverpool receives support from FA over Champions League chaos
Liverpool is in private talks with the Football Association to discuss how the governing body of English football can actively support the club’s contacts with UEFA following the police and security issues that marred the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris last month. sources have told ESPN.
Liverpool supporters were held in huge crowds, some sprayed with tear gas by riot police, while they were held outside the Stade de France amid claims by French authorities of ‘thousands of counterfeit tickets’ causing delays at the turnstiles.
The kick-off for the game, which ended in a 1-0 defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side, was delayed by 35 minutes due to problems outside the stadium and there were also reports of supporters being attacked as they tried to leave the ground for the game. nearby train station.
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UEFA has launched an independent investigation, with Liverpool also collecting statements and evidence from supporters affected by the problems during the match, but there has been anger and frustration among the club’s fans over the lack of public support or intervention from England. FA in the days and weeks since the final.
The English FA has yet to make a public statement about the events in Paris, but speaking to reporters this week, FA chairman Debbie Hewitt said dialogue has taken place with Liverpool.
“We’ve talked extensively with Liverpool, with the club, and asked how we can best help them,” Hewitt said. “What is important to me as chairman of the FA is that” [Liverpool CEO] Billy Hogan and Liverpool feel we are doing everything we can to get the facts and make sure they are impartial. To this day, Billy feels we do.
“When situations arise, the most important thing is that the facts are gathered and collected in the most independent way. And that’s UEFA’s responsibility – it’s their tournament, not the FA’s. It’s really important that they can determine that the facts have been collected in a manner that is completely independent.
“Sometimes in those situations, our best role isn’t necessarily to be a public spokesperson, especially when it’s not our tournament. But to do what we can behind the scenes to make sure both things happen.”
Liverpool have not made public the extent of the FA’s involvement, but sources have told ESPN that private talks “providing support” have taken place between senior figures at Anfield and within the FA. † Mark Ogden
Julien Laurens shares his thoughts on how Cole Palmer will “fit perfectly” into Pep Guardiola’s system at Manchester City.
City’s confidence in Cole Palmer could see Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus leave
Manchester City have not ruled out the prospect of letting both Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling leave this summer because of their confidence in 20-year-old attacker Cole Palmer, sources have told ESPN.
Arsenal are leading the pursuit of Gabriel Jesus, while Chelsea have made Sterling their main target under new owner Todd Boehly.
City sources say Gabriel Jesus is most likely to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer, but they are not ruling out the possibility of both leaving.
Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez have arrived to bolster the attacker, but Pep Guardiola and his staff also have high hopes for Palmer and believe the England Under-21 international could be on the brink of his breakthrough campaign.
Palmer has made 11 first-team appearances, scoring three goals, but missed much of the second half of last season through injury. He is set to join Guardiola’s squad to tour the United States this summer and compete for a place on the right side of City’s front three next season.
City will allow Jesus to join Arsenal if they meet the £50m valuation. Sterling, meanwhile, is interested in a transfer to Chelsea, but there are doubts with the Etihad as to whether the Stamford Bridge club will make a significant offer for a player who has only one year left on his contract. — Rob Dawson
Ukrainian clubs prepare for return to European action
The Polish city of Lodz will host Dynamo Kyiv’s second qualifying round Champions League match against Fenerbahce next month, due to the ongoing military conflict in their country, which forced the 16-time Ukrainian champions to play the match in a neutral country.
Dynamo becomes the first Ukrainian club to play in European competition since the Russian invasion in February, but while the war is now largely confined to the eastern regions, UEFA continues to insist that all teams from the country play their home games outside Ukraine.
Lodz, a 560-mile drive from Kiev, earlier this month hosted Ukraine’s Nations League game against the Republic of Ireland at Stadion Miejski Widzewa Lodz and the 18,000-seat venue will also host the first leg of Dynamo’s qualifier against Turkey’s Fenerbahce on July 20.
Dynamo and champion Shakhtar Donetsk are playing in the Champions League this season, with Dnipro-1 in the Europa League and Zorya Luhansk and Vorskla Poltava in the Europa Conference League.
All Russian teams are still banned from UEFA competition, while UEFA has also confirmed that clubs from Ukraine and Belarus will not play against each other due to the latter’s political allegiance to Russia. — Mark Ogden