Manchester United are reportedly restricting the influence Ralf Rangnick can have on the squad through fear of the interim manager changing the team too much.
United installed the German in the dugout in November on a deal until the end of the season. From there, he will spend two years in a consultancy role working with Old Trafford chiefs.
For now, though, his top priority is to guide the Red Devils to a top-four Premier League finish.
There has been much criticism of the performances under Rangnick. Nevertheless, United’s win over Brentford on Wednesday put them two points behind the Champions League places.
With the January transfer window in progress, Rangnick has also looked to improve the squad in his vision. He has targeted players who can play his pressing style of football, such as Amadou Hiadara.
In fact, German newspaper Bild claims that the RB Leipzig midfielder is Rangnick’s top target.
However, the source adds that United are hesitant to back their interim boss in the transfer market.
Club chiefs feel ‘reluctant’ to allow Rangnick to convert the squad to his liking. Indeed, he will only have half a season to work with any players he signs this month.
Whoever subsequently comes in as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent successor from there may not use a pressing style like Rangnick.
As such, United are ‘slowing down’ Rangnick’s transfer hopes. A second issue is that United have told Rangnick that the club must get rid of some of their current squad before they can bring in new players.
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The likes of Jesse Lingard, Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial have all had links with moves away.
However, Rangnick has previously insisted that he wants to keep his options as the club fight on three fronts.
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Bild also claims that the German tactician wanted more from the club’s leadership over his coaching staff.
Chris Armas came in as assistant coach and Sascha Lense has come in as a psychologist. However, Rangnick reportedly wanted more coaches in the dugout with him.
He also feels unsure as to how the change of leadership will affect his sway in proceedings.
Richard Arnold is replacing Ed Woodward as the club’s chief executive from next month.
While Rangnick is in interim charge, the Old Trafford club are continuing talks with potential successors. Indeed, Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino is supposedly the leading candidate as it stands.
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Dejphon Chansiri provides insight to Sheffield Wednesday’s summer transfer plans
With expectation levels expected to mount once the new League One season gets underway, Darren Moore will be hoping it is second-time lucky with Sheffield Wednesday in the third tier.
The Owls were defeated in their semi-finals of the play-offs, with Sunderland progressing to the final, before eventually succeeding at Wembley.
With the summer transfer window right around the corner, the recruitment at Hillsborough will be well underway, with those at the club likely to be monitoring several different markets.
Owner Dejphon Chansiri has provided an insight into the club’s recruitment plan, suggesting that the UK market is not the sole option, telling Yorkshire Live: “Our approach is the same every season. We look in the UK market first before looking at options abroad.
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“We look to see who is available and will fit in with the team, it depends what we need. We will try to bring in the best players whether they are permanent or on loan.”
The Owls will be looking to strengthen to ensure that they avoid the lottery that is the play-offs, with three of the last seasons ending with play-off heartbreak.
Possessing a strong core to the squad, Moore will be hoping to keep some of his more integral first-teamers, with the likes of Barry Bannan, Lee Gregory and Josh Windass likely to attract attention.
Prioritising recruiting in the UK first, if the Owls still seek further additions, then it appears that they will cast their eyes elsewhere.
It remains to be seen if it will come to that as Wednesday prepare for another campaign in League One, and naturally, fans will be setting their sights on the top two.
“I made that decision quickly” – Former West Brom striker explains Hawthorns exit
Immediately adapting well after relegation from the Premier League, West Brom saw their 2021/22 Championship campaign take a turn for the worse.
With Valerien Ismael unable to regain form, the former Barnsley boss was shown the exit door in February and Steve Bruce was tasked with shifting momentum.
However, the season ended with mid-table mediocrity, in the form of a 10th-placed finish, with the Baggies only securing a top-half finish on the final day of the campaign.
One person who saw their fall coming during the campaign was former Albion striker Hal Robson-Kanu, who told the Express & Star why he did not carry on with the Midlands club: “I didn’t agree with the direction the club was going in.
“If I was staying there had to be a long-term vision, a project. I didn’t want to be in a place where we were languishing in mid-table in the Championship.
“I think coming down from the Premier League, you have got to be fighting to go straight back up.
“You have got to have the right structure in place.
“But some of the decisions that were being made and what was being done behind the scenes, I personally didn’t agree with so I felt it was the right time to move on.
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“I made that decision quickly, a lot earlier than when it was released.
“The club put out the retained and released list but I told them a month before that I wouldn’t be staying on.
“Looking at the club now – it’s not the vision I have for the club. It should be competing as a minimum in the top two and trying to cement itself in the Premier League. Fingers crossed they can get back to a better vision and execute it.”
Starting fresh, West Brom will be hoping that they can steady the ship with Bruce having a full summer in charge, and perhaps this is the kind of set up Robson-Kanu would have placed more faith in.
Expectations levels will once again rise as the summer transfer window gets underway, with automatic promotion set to be the collective objective at The Hawthorns.
The appointment of Valerien Ismael was a risk that did not pay off, with Bruce a manager with excellent knowledge of the top-end of the Championship, knowing what is required to mount a promotion push.
The summer is now vitally important for Bruce and his West Brom side, ahead of what is a massive season for the Midlands club.