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West Brom Turn To Ralf Rangnick After Claudio Ranieri Snub

Baggies interview ex-Schalke boss.

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West Brom could appoint former Schalke boss Ralf Rangnick as their new manager by the end of the week after being rebuffed in approaches for Claudio Ranieri and Chris Hughton.

German Rangnick, who stepped down from Schalke in September last year citing exhaustion, is now in pole position to take over at the Hawthorns, reports The Sun.

The 53-year-old, nicknamed the ‘Football Professor’ in his native Germany led Schalke to the Champions League semi-final last year but has resigned from his last two jobs, having also left Hoffenheim in protest at the sale of star player Luis Gustavo.

Former Chelsea ‘tinkerman’ Claudio Ranieri was the favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson at Albion but the Italian chose to join AS Monaco today. The Baggies have also enquired about the availability of Birmingham boss, Chris Hughton, but were put of by the £2.5 million compensation demanded by their city rivals.

The Baggies have proved a stepping to stone to great things in recent times. Their previous two bosses have gone on to win the Champions League and take over as England boss, a trend that could attract Rangnick to the Hawthorns.

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