Man Utd manager Ralf Rangnick dubbed “biggest fraud in Russian football history” and blamed for Lokomotiv decline
MANCHESTER UNITED interim boss Ralf Rangnick has been called “the biggest fraud in Russian football history” by disgruntled journalists in Russia.
The 63-year-old German is also said to have shocked fans during his brief stint at Lokomotiv Moscow.
Rangnick signed a three-year contract with the Russian side in July as head of sports and development.
But he left for United just five months after his contract began … after apparently upsetting locals along the way.
Rangnick arrived in a team that had just finished third in the Russian top flight, also winning the national cup.
According to Goal, he is now blamed for “dismantling” this successful team – who are now 12 points behind Zenit after just 16 games.
Sergey Kolesnikov of the Russian store Sportbox claims Rangnick has even been called “the biggest fraud in Russian football history”.
While agent Dmitry Selyuk, whose clients include Yaya TourÃ©, compared him to the fictional con artist Ostap Bender.
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Rangnick’s tenure at Lokomotiv got off to a baffling start when he sold star man Grzegorz Krychowiak for just Â£ 2.1million to domestic rivals Krasnodar – despite the Pole wanting to stay.
He went on to make a number of expensive acquisitions of largely unproven players – the jury still ignored them.
Rangnick then oversaw the departure of famous manager Marko Nikolic in October – before being accused of hiring a “puppet” to replace Markus Gisdol.
Former Lokomotiv club president Nikolay Naumov blasted the appointment, saying: “He is not a coach, but rather a secretary.
“Rangnick doesn’t need someone like [Jose] Mourinho or [Roberto] Mancini, but rather a man who will follow his instructions.
âThey came to the club with one goal: to make Lokomotiv a business of buying and selling players.
“The results are not important to them, and they need an anonymous coach who is willing to take a good salary and do what they say.”
Man United thanked Lokomotiv for their cooperation after confirming Rangnick’s appointment.
The former RB Leipzig and Schalke boss will be in the dugout for the first time against Crystal Palace tomorrow – before overseeing the rest of the season.
He will then assume a consultant role.
Rangnick is said to have pocketed more than double his Â£ 8million a year Lokomotiv salary – after signing an annual Â£ 3.8million deal in Russia.
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