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Ralf Rangnick is reportedly set to reveal Chris Armas as one of his Manchester United coaches despite his lack of experience working in the European game.
Rangnick is now at Old Trafford’s headquarters after concluding an agreement until the end of the season. The German was hoping Michael Carrick would remain in the coaching staff, but the former United midfielder dropped out last week. And he admitted during his first press conference that he needed to recruit some backroom staff.
“I’m more than happy to work with the current coaching staff because I need their experience and expertise regarding the current team,” he said. “I will, of course, try to find one, two, maybe three people who can join us over the next one or two weeks, but because of the Brexit rules, it is not that easy.”
The 63-year-old appears to be naming American Armas, who has trained exclusively in North America. The 49-year-old worked as an assistant coach at the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls.
He was then promoted to head coach in New York and enjoyed success, reaching the playoffs in both 2018 and 2019. He worked with Rangnick in the Big Apple, but left the club in September 2020 after defeating DC United.
The former Chicago Fire midfielder took over as Toronto FC coach in 2021. However, he only held 11 games on the record before being fired.
A record of one win, two draws and eight defeats accelerated his dismissal. But that does not seem to have bothered Rangnick.
Armas to take advantage of the Rangnick connection
ESPN reports per The star, that Armas has now secured a work permit. His request was initially denied for not having a UEFA Pro license.
But an appeal succeeded and he is set to work at the Theater of Dreams. It is certainly an appointment left, though Rangnick suggested he would seek out former co-workers.
“Many of my former colleagues, whether video analysts or assistant coaches, have long-term contracts with big clubs, so they are not available right now. We have to be a little bit smart and wise and find the right people, ”he added.
One reason for the appointment may be Armas’ involvement in New York’s style of play. He was behind their high pressure – something Rangnick hopes he can improve at United.
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