Jurgen Klopp may have ruled himself out of contention for the Germany job, but another contender has expressed his interest in replacing Joachim Low after the World Cup winner steps down following the conclusion of Euro 2020.
"If I would still be free at that time, of course [I would be interested],” Ralf Rangnick told Sky Germany.
"Anyway, it is a question of respect. Moreover, this is a position that leaves no one cold as a coach in Germany. I would take off and listen to that [phone call from the German FA].
"In general, I can imagine many things. It's a question of timing - at the moment I'm free - but Mr Keller (German FA president) wants to take his time [to appoint a new manager]. "Now we just have to see what happens over the next few weeks."
The availability, experience and influence of Rangnick makes him an enticing candidate for the German FA, with the 62-year-old still available out at 16/1 with Bet Victor.
Unlike the aforementioned Klopp and Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick (5/1), Rangnick is unemployed, having left his post as head of sport and development at Red Bull last year. 2020 also saw him hotly linked with the AC Milan job, and more recently he’s appeared in the next Celtic manager market, while he was previously interviewed by England in 2016.
While Rangnick is known for having full control of a project, he did say in the same interview: “I could imagine working together with Oliver Bierhoff (national team director of the German FA) would be very fruitful. It would be helpful to have someone who already knows the customs. At the DFB in many areas of working and thinking, it’s going in the right direction.”
As Sporting Director of Red Bull he transformed the franchise, playing a key role in the recruitment and development of young talents and the implementation of an attack-minded philosophy. He had success across two spells in the RB Leipzig dugout too; he led the club into the Bundesliga, and later finished 3rd.
Elsewhere, Rangnick propelled Hoffenheim from the third-tier to the Bundesliga in the space of two-and-a-half-years, took Hannover into the Bundesliga, lifted the Intertoto Cup at Stuttgart, and won both domestic cups and reached the Champions League semi-finals across two spells at Schalke.
If the German FA want to make another long-term appointment then Rangnick’s track record of finding, developing and improving young players makes him an attractive option.
His managerial career dates all the way back to the 1980s, in 1983 after he watched Valeriy Lobanovskyi’s iconic Dynamo Kyiv side something clicked inside Rangnick’s football brain.
The ferocity of Kyiv’s pressing made it appear that they had broken the rules and fielded an extra player. The experience had an enlightening impact on the young Rangnick who would go on to develop his own visionary pressing philosophy, based around gegenpressing.
He later catapulted into wider public consciousness in his homeland after he appeared on a tactics TV show where he unveiled the concepts of zonal marking and pressing - views many dismissed at the time, with Rangnick labelled a "professor".
Fast-forward to current times and Rangnick’s style of play has influenced many a manager, including Jugen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and the current RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann.
The man Germany resisted at first, could now be set to land the country’s top job.