FORMER RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick snubbed the chance to replace Frank Lampard on a temporary basis because he didn’t want to be a ‘lame duck’.
The German, 62, was approached by Chelsea to take charge until the end of the season but he rejected them and the West Londoners ended up appointing Thomas Tuchel.
Ralf Rangnick snubbed Chelsea because he did not want to be a ‘lame duck’Credit: EPA
The Blues eventually appointed Thomas Tuchel full-timeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Blues offered experienced Rangnick the job after Chelsea’s defeat to Leicester in January but the contract length did not interest him.
And Rangnick has explained why he didn’t fancy the job on an interim basis in an interview with the Times.
He recalled a conversation with the club and explained: “‘I said: ‘I would like to come and work with you, but I can’t do it for four months. I’m not an interim coach.
“To the media and players you would be the ‘four-month manager’, a lame duck, from day one.”
The Blues eventually gave former Paris Saint-Germain manager Tuchel the job on a permanent basis.
And Rangnick thinks Chelsea made a wise choice.
He added: “If you watch Chelsea now you see a mutual plan for when they have the ball or the other team have the ball.
Frank Lampard was sacked in JanuaryCredit: AFP
“Thomas is tactically on a very sophisticated level.
“Zsolt Low [Tuchel’s assistant] was my player and assistant coach at Leipzig and plays a vital role in his staff.
“And you can see from the way he interacts with players Thomas also has great leadership skills.
“Appointing him was a top solution. I can only congratulate Thomas and Chelsea for the choice.”
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