Ralf Rangnick’s arrival is reported as virtually confirmed, but he will not be the one sitting on the Milan bench.
There are many unknowns regarding football worldwide due to the Coronavirus outbreak, especially in Italy where there is still no date for the league resumption.
However, some things are at least two certain things when it comes to Milan: first, Stefano Pioli will not be the coach of the Rossoneri next season, and second, Ralf Rangnick is the guy Elliott want to see leading the technical project.
As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport and others, the possibility of Rangnick, who is strongly desired by CEO Ivan Gazidis, joining Milan soon is very high. The name of Rangnick has been around for months but there have always been confusions over whether he’ll be a director or coach.
According to today’s GdS, the 61-year-old, who currently acts as the head of sport and development at Red Bull GmbH, will come as a Technical Director and entrust the bench to another coach. La Gazzetta suggests that one of the profiles wanted by Rangnick is that of Julian Nagelsmann, who is coaching RB Leipzig these days. The two share a football philosophy and have a good understanding.
Rangnick would have complete control over the sporting side of the club and he would bring his trusted men and women with him. A contract has not yet been signed but an agreement between Milan and Ralf is reportedly in place. La Gazzetta suggests that Rangnick still has to have a decisive meeting with Elliott, and in particular with Gordon Singer, in order to establish the final details.
Rangnick has a revolution in mind, one that will start from the Youth Sector as he wants the youth department to follow the same principles and module of play as the first team. Tuttomercatoweb claims Laurence Stewart, the current scouting coordinator of the Red Bull group and in all probability Paul Mitchel, who is in charge of the sports direction, should have a role at Milan related to scouting.
Geoffrey Moncada, the head of scouting at Milan, and Gazidis’ right-hand man Hendrik Almstadt should have even more prominent roles next season. Frederic Massara could stay at Milan as an Italian reference in management, while the future of Paolo Maldini is hanging in the balance.
The desire of Milan is to build a team made up of players with profiles similar to those of Theo and Bennacer. Dominik Szoboszlai of Leipzig is a target while the big unknown is Zlatan.