Ralf Rangnick now on Everton managerial shortlist - The Athletic

The Athletic have reported that former RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick is one of six names on the shortlist for the next Everton manager as the search to replace Carlo Ancelotti continues.

In the report, Greg O’Keeffe has stated that along with Nuno Espirito Santo, Graham Potter, David Moyes, Rafa Benitez and Roberto Martinez, the German manager is on Everton’s six-man shortlist for the vacant managerial position at Goodison Park.

The interest in the former RB Leipzig and Schalke manager hasn’t been reported extensively of late, and has appeared to have gone up in the last 48 hours.

Not the worst idea

Rangnick is considered one of the most influential names in world football as he’s been a player, manager and sports executive.

He’s developed numerous contacts during his four and a half decades of involvement in the sport and could be considered an interesting bet should the Everton board go down that route.

Hailed as the master of gegenpressing (German for counter-pressing), Rangnick has inspired some of the world’s most successful managers including Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel. [ESPN]

His former player Yussuf Poulsen has referred to him as a “perfectionist”.

Having a philosopher at Everton may be exactly what we need, given how we’ve lacked a playing identity for the longest time.

Rangnick sticks to his principles of playing football the right way, is an astute tactician and a jolly presence inside the dressing room.

He knows how clubs are run on the inside so will be sympathetic with the board if they’re unable to sanction certain demands.

We’re not sure about his interest in the job, but from the names that have been linked, the German seems viable and undoubtedly will play the most exciting brand of football.

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