Ralf Rangnick is no longer the manager of 1899 Hoffenheim. According to Bild am Sonntag, Ralf Rangnick resigned over the immediate transfer of Luiz Gustavo to Bayern Munich.
Ralf Rangnick is a man of principle. The diminutive man popularly called the professor,has been at loggerheads with Dietmar Hopp, his boss,for quite some time. Both of them have differences in opinion on how to run the club.
Ralf Rangnick’s goal was to build the team towards a comfortable position in the Bundesliga leading to qualification for international tournaments. While Dietmar Hopp thinks Hoffenheim is a provincial Bundesliga club that could qualify for international competition if everything works smoothly.Recently, they seem not to agree on anything.
Luiz Gustavo winter transfer to Bayern Munich was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Rangnick wanted the transfer to take place after the end of the season, but Hopp surprisingly met with Bayern Munich and the agent of Luiz Gustavo without informing Rangnick in December.
Bayern Munich announced the immediate signing of Luiz Gustavo recently for 15 million euros with a contract till 2015. Ragnick felt slighted and turned his back on Hoffenheim due to irreconcilable differences.
Rangnick helped Hoffenheim get promoted from the obscure third division to the Bundesliga within a short period of time.
The project Hoffenheim under the financial guidance of Dietmar Hopp will continue without Ralf Rangnick. It is still unknown who will lead Hoffenheim when the league resumes after the winter break.
Update:Marco Pezzaiuoli is the new manager of Hoffenheim.