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Ten Hag’s role in Rangnick’s exit

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Erik ten Hag played a key role in Ralf Rangnick’s sudden departure from Manchester United; ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. ALSO: Why are Man City happy to lose Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus this summer?

Jump to: Liverpool get FA support | Why City are happy to lose Sterling, Jesus | The Ukrainian team ready for the return of the UCL

Ten Hag’s role in Rangnick’s death at United

Manchester United and Ralf Rangnick agreed to cut ties at the end of the season in part due to Erik ten Hag’s reluctance to work with the German in his proposed consultant role, sources told ESPN.

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Rangnick spent the second half of last season as caretaker manager at Old Trafford and was due to take up a two-year consulting role from this summer.

But just a week after the end of the campaign, United announced that Rangnick would part ways with the club entirely, concentrating entirely on his role as manager of the Austrian national team.

Sources have told ESPN that United instigated the termination of the deal in consultation with Ten Hag, although Rangnick was already unhappy that he had not received a formal handover with the new manager.

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Rangnick, according to sources, had hoped to meet Ten Hag face-to-face for a detailed meeting, but instead the new United boss opted to grant a phone call only.

Sources also told ESPN that United bosses had become increasingly exasperated by some of Rangnick’s public comments at news conferences, in particular that as many as 10 new signings were needed this summer. The sources added that United asked Rangnick to sign a confidentiality agreement as part of his departure.

Rangnick oversaw a disastrous spell in charge of the first team following his appointment in November, winning just 11 of his 29 games. His reign ended with a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace on the final day of the season and United announced his departure in a statement a week later.

It read: “We would like to thank Ralf Rangnick for his efforts as caretaker manager over the last six months.

“By mutual agreement, Ralf will now focus solely on his new role as coach of the Austrian national team and will therefore not take on a consulting role at Old Trafford.

“We would like to wish Ralf the best of luck in this next chapter of his career.” –Rob Dawson

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Julien Laurens shares his disappointment at how the Paris police treated Liverpool fans ahead of the Champions League final.

Liverpool receives support from the FA for the chaos of the Champions League

Liverpool have been in private talks with the Football Association to discuss how English football’s governing body can actively support the club’s dealings with UEFA following police and security problems that marred last month’s Champions League final. against Real Madrid in Paris, sources told ESPN.

Liverpool supporters were held back in large crowds, with some tear-gassed by riot police, as they stood outside the Stade de France amid claims by French authorities that “thousands of false tickets” caused delays in matches. turnstiles

The start of the match, which ended in a 1-0 defeat for Jurgen Klopp’s side, was delayed 35 minutes due to problems outside the stadium and there were also reports of fans being attacked as they tried to leave the pitch. the nearby train station.

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UEFA formed an independent investigation, and Liverpool also gathered statements and evidence from fans affected by the in-game problems, but there has been anger and frustration among the club’s fans at the lack of public support or intervention from the English FA in the days. and weeks since the final.

The English FA has yet to issue a public statement related to the events in Paris, but speaking to reporters this week, FA President Debbie Hewitt said a dialogue with Liverpool has taken place.

“We have spoken a lot with Liverpool, with the club, asking them how we can best help them,” Hewitt said. “What’s important to me as FA chairman is that [Liverpool CEO] Billy Hogan and Liverpool feel that we are doing everything we can to help get the facts and make sure they are unbiased. To date, Billy feels like we’re doing it.

“When situations happen, the most important thing is that the facts are collected and collected as independently as possible. And that is UEFA’s responsibility: it is their tournament, not the FA’s. It is really important that they can satisfy that the the facts have been compiled completely independently.

“Sometimes in those situations, our best role is not necessarily to be a public spokesperson, particularly when it’s not our tournament. But to do what we can behind the scenes to ensure both things happen.”

Liverpool have not publicly detailed the extent of the FA’s involvement, but sources have told ESPN that private talks to “offer support” have taken place between senior figures at Anfield and within the FA. — ogden mark

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Julien Laurens shares his thoughts on how Cole Palmer will “perfectly fit” into Pep Guardiola’s system at Manchester City.

The city’s faith in Cole Palmer could make Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus go

Manchester City have not ruled out the possibility of allowing both Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling to leave this summer due to their faith in 20-year-old striker Cole Palmer, sources have told ESPN.

Arsenal are leading the hunt for Gabriel Jesus, while Chelsea have made Sterling their main target under new owner Todd Boehly.

City sources say Gabriel Jesus is the most likely of the two to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer, but they have not ruled out letting them both leave.

Erling Haaland and Julián Álvarez arrive to reinforce the striker, but Pep Guardiola and his team also have high hopes for Palmer and believe the England Under-21 international could be on the brink of his breakthrough campaign.

Palmer has already made 11 first-team appearances, scoring three goals, but missed much of the second half of last season through injury. He is set to be part of Guardiola’s squad to tour the United States this summer and then compete for a place on the right of City’s forward three next season.

City will allow Jesus to join Arsenal if they meet the £50m valuation. Sterling, meanwhile, is interested in signing for Chelsea but there are doubts at the Etihad as to whether the Stamford Bridge club will make a major offer for a player who only has one year left on his contract. –Rob Dawson

Ukrainian clubs prepare for return to European action

The Polish city of Lodz will host Dynamo Kyiv’s Champions League second qualifying round match against Fenerbahce next month due to the ongoing military conflict in their country forcing the 16-time Ukrainian champions to host the game in a neutral country. .

The Dynamo will become the first Ukrainian club to play in a European competition since the Russian invasion in February, but although the war is now largely restricted to the eastern regions, UEFA continues to insist that all the country’s teams play. their home games outside Ukraine. .

Lodz, 560 miles from Kyiv, hosted Ukraine’s Nations League tie against the Republic of Ireland at the Stadion Miejski Widzewa Lodz earlier this month and the 18,000 capacity venue will also host the match. first leg of the Dynamo qualifier against Turkish side Fenerbahce in July. twenty

The Dynamo and champions Shakhtar Donetsk will play in the Champions League this season, with Dnipro-1 in the Europa League and Zorya Luhansk and Vorskla Poltava competing in the Europa Conference League.

All Russian teams remain barred from UEFA competitions, while UEFA has also confirmed that Ukrainian and Belarusian clubs will not face each other due to the latter’s political allegiance to Russia. –Mark Ogden

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