Ralf Rangnick has revealed he rejected the chance to take charge of Chelsea joining Chelsea as he did not want to be an 'interim coach'.
Rangnick is close to being appointed as United's temporary coach for the remainder of the season before moving to a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford next summer. The Red Devils have been on the hunt for a new coach following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 63-year-old has revealed he was approached by Chelsea earlier this year before they landed on Thomas Tuchel in January. Rangnick says he turned down the chance to move to Chelsea as he didn't want to become an interim coach.
"I said [to Chelsea], ‘I would love to come and work with you, but I cannot do it for four months. I am not an interim coach.’ To the media and players you would be the ‘four-month manager’, a lame duck, from day one," he said.
"Thomas became a coach through me," said Rangnick.
"He was my player at Ulm and had to finish his career because of knee problems. I gave him a job as our under-15 coach. He didn’t even intend being a coach, he was working at a bar in Stuttgart."
"If you watch Chelsea now you see a mutual plan for when they have the ball or the other team have the ball. Thomas is tactically on a very sophisticated level."
"Zsolt Low [Tuchel’s assistant at Chelsea] 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."
The Red Devils have already reached an agreement in principle with Lokomotiv Moscow for Rangnick.