Manchester United made a point of thanking Lokomotiv Moscow for the club’s co-operation in permitting Ralf Rangnick’s appointment as interim boss.
Rangnick had only joined Lokomotiv as head of sports and development in the summer.
United’s statement read: “The club wishes to place on record its thanks to Lokomotiv Moscow for their co-operation in the process of bringing Ralf to Manchester United.”
The finances involved in the move may provide reason for United being particularly thankful.
How much compensation did United pay Lokomotiv?
Russian outlet Sport Express report Manchester United did not pay any compensation for Rangnick.
The report reflects on Rangnick’s spell at the Russian club as a disappointing one, considering how much Lokomotiv Moscow spent to bring him in, and the responsibility he was given.
The one positive for Lokomotiv is that Rangnick’s assistant Lars Koretka will be sticking around. He will take on Rangnick’s previous title of head of sports and development, Lokomotiv confirmed, with several of the current staff also staying.
Lokomotiv stated: “The team of specialists formed by Ralph Rangnick will continue to implement the strategy approved by the club’s board of directors.”
This enables all the structures and work Rangnick introduced to Lokomotiv to continue, hopefully seamlessly, rather than ripping it all up and starting afresh with entirely new staff.
This no doubt made Lokomotiv more receptive to allowing Rangnick to move on without compensation, as opposed to if United attempted to poach his entire staff as well.
Rangnick’s plans for United
With Rangnick only working as interim boss for six months, and then a consultant for a further two, it makes some sense for the staff he brought to Russia to stay there, on permanent contracts.
The Times reports that instead he is now searching for an assistant to work alongside him at Manchester United.
The paper also claim he will ‘bring a small number of staff’, in addition to the assistant. These could include a video analyst, which was Kornetka’s speciality.
Having saved money on Rangnick by avoiding compensation, there is likely a bigger budget available for his staff.
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