“Teacher who wants to teach”
Peter Pacult attacks Austrian coach Rangnick
Ralf Rangnick has already fired coach Peter Pacult as RB Leipzig’s sporting director. Now the former Austrian Bundesliga coach is shooting against Rangnick because as a German he takes over the Austrian national team. Pacult also blasphemes Rangnick’s management style.
Former Bundesliga manager Peter Pacult has criticized Ralf Rangnick’s commitment as Austria national football team coach. It was disappointing and incomprehensible that the position was not filled by an Austrian for the third time in a row, the current Austria Klagenfurt coach told Kronen Zeitung. “Andi Herzog must feel fooled, Peter Stöger was put off. We’re sort of the only nation that doesn’t rely on its own coach.” Pacult, who had trained in Germany in 1860 in Munich, among other places, asked: “Why do we train new coaches year after year if they are never considered anyway?”
The German Rangnick was chosen on Friday unanimously by the executive committee of the ÖFB to succeed his compatriot Franco Foda and will benefit from a two-year contract. The 63-year-old is currently in charge of Premier League club Manchester United, where he will continue to work as a consultant in the future. He will take up his new post in Austria at the end of May. The goal is to participate in the 2024 European Championships in Germany. If the qualification is successful, the former Bundesliga manager’s contract will automatically be extended until the 2026 World Cup.
“Unable to contact me”
Pacult recalled that Rangnick had argued with many clubs. “He’s like a teacher who wants to teach others,” Pacult said of Rangnick. “I find it strange that he can continue to work as a consultant at Manchester United.”
Pacult was forced out of RB Leipzig in 2012 after Rangnick joined the club. “Rangnick had the authority, wanted his own coaching staff – which is understandable,” Pacult said. “But he didn’t even manage to contact me and tell me that I’m no longer a coach. That’s what you expect from a man, from a sporting director.”