Gary Neville has urged Manchester United to consider allowing Ralf Rangnick to stay longer as manager if necessary.
Rangnick, 63, was recently appointed as the club’s new interim manager until the end of the season, with a two-year consultancy role after that.
However, United icon Neville insisted circumstances could mean it is better for the German to remain as boss beyond the summer, and encouraged the club to be ‘flexible’ and ‘agile’ in considering all possibilities.
Gary Neville has urged Manchester United to consider letting Ralf Rangnick to remain as boss
United won in Rangnick’s first game in charge with a much improved display
He said: ‘I call it coaching the club. He’s going to be coaching the team for the season and he’s coaching the club for two years, in terms of the structure and a football project with a clear ethos. I don’t think they’ve had that for the last eight to 10 years, and reacted to managers’ wants and wills, which is what Everton are doing.
‘It was right to give Ole the job. Let’s say there isn’t anybody world class who can take over for four years at the end of the season and Rangnick had a great six months. I wouldn’t be against him having another season as manager as a United fan.’
Neville did claim it was the right decision for United to have given his former team-mate and friend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the permanent job after impressing on an interim basis, although that ended with the Norwegian being sacked.
There are clear comparisons to the situation with Rangnick’s predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was given the permanent job after impressing as interim before being sacked
And he added: ‘Let’s say halfway through that season, which I think happened with Ole when (Mauricio) Poch(ettino) came available when he left Spurs, maybe at that point Rangnick goes up to the upstairs role.
‘If a world class manager is available, he should come in for the bigger four-year project.
‘Be flexible, be agile. If he wins the Champions League, the players love him and the football’s unbelievable, you’d probably keep him going. But still be flexible enough to know he can go upstairs. They’ve got to be open to all options.’