Earlier on Thursday, it was announced by the English media that Ralf Rangnick would be taking charge of Manchester United for the rest of the season.
The German manager had accepted the role, and while there was still work to do with Lokomotiv Moscow, where he is currently employed as their head of sports and development, the belief was that there shouldn’t be any hiccups.
There’s been a lot of reaction in Russia since then, with various former employees of the Russian club commenting, as well as Andrey Kanchelskis, who played for Manchester United for four years back in the 1990s.
With Lokomotiv playing a game in the Europa League on Thursday evening, some members of the club were available for comment, including their current chairman of the board of director, Alexander Plutnik.
Relayed by Sport-Express, he commented on the recent stories: “Things are good! We are now focused on the game. We will think after the match. Will the strategy be implemented if Rangnick leaves? Everything will be fine!”.
That certainly isn’t a denial, and it appears that the need to think suggests the Russian club will have to sit down and try to figure out what to do in the German’s absence and agree his departure with Manchester United.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens in all this, because nothing has been finalised as of yet.