Rangnick to coach Leipzig for one season

Berlin, Jul 10 (IANS): RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick will coach the German football club's first team for the upcoming season after the surprising departure of former head coach Ralph Hasenhuettl.

Rangnick will return to his double function as coach and sporting director for the season 2018-19 before Julian Nagelsmann joins from Hoffenheim next season, it was announced on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.

"We have worked together for a long time and have now found the best solution to continue on our successful path," Leipzig president Oliver Mintzlaff said.

The 60-year-old sporting director was already in charge as Leipzig's coach and helped the club to secure their first ever Bundesliga promotion in 2016.

Leipzig signed Nagelsmann for the 2019-20 campaign. Hence, an interim solution for the upcoming season was needed.

"It was a decision we had to think over. We have decided that I will take on the coaching role, with the help of the best possible coaching staff," Rangnick said.

The club announced that Jesse March has agreed to terms on a two-year deal as assistant coach for Rangnick.

Leipzig completed the Bundesliga season 2017-18 on the 6th place of the standings and secure a ticket for next season's UEFA Europa League group stage.