Red Bull Global Head of Sport and Development Ralf Rangnick has left his position and effectively leaves the organization that he helped to shape years ago. The move comes despite Rangnick not signing to coach AC Milan in Italy.
"Now is the right time to end my job at Red Bull," said Rangnick to Bild. "I would like to thank all employees especially Dietrich Mateschitz (owner) for their support and trust. He gave me the opportunity to build something unique here over the years. Red Bull Soccer stands for a highly successful organization that is very well position around the world."
Rangnick was one of the main masterminds behind the ascension of Leipzig to one of the premier clubs in Europe. The 62-year-old German manager took over the club while they were still in the lower divisions. At first, he joined as Sporting Director for both Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig but later went on to coach the team in two separate stints. The first saw them promoted to the Bundesliga, Germany's top competiton, and the second saw them return to the Champions League before handing over the reins to Julian Nagelsmann.
His overall approach to the game brought a high-energy pressing style to all of the teams under the Red Bull umbrella and saw the development of key players such as Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen. His exit leaves a hole to be filled but the team seems poised to move on with the same attitude that was imparted by Rangnick.
"It was a great honor to have made a contribution to this and it makes me proud," said Rangnick. "I wish Red Bull all the best for the future."