can't believe this is happening. I'm really happy for you. If rumours are true you made it to hire one of the best managers of the Bundesliga. As Hannover96 already stated he's pure class and I'm quite sad at the time because he won't be available for my club, Schalke 04 FC, anytime soon.
He resigned as Schalke manager in september last year due to a burnout syndrome. That was pretty frustrating for Schalke fans since he had a special bond with the club and the fans. When he first came to Schalke for the 2004/05 season we finished runner-up. He was fired by former general manager Assauer because they didn't get along quite well. So his first stint at Schalke was pretty succesfull but pretty short, too. He then moved on to become manager of Hoffenheim. He led them from third division to the Bundesliga straight away. In Hoffenheim's first Bundesliga season they managed to finish on top at the end of the first half of the season but couldn't hold it and finished 7th at the end. The first half of the season has shown a Hoffenheim team that was just amazing. Quick passing, counter attacking and a high pressing defense. The best performance I've ever seen when it comes to quick transition play. Just brilliant. But they couldn't keep the pace and became more and more vulnerable at the back (they've been vulnerable at the back all season long but failed to score goals in the second half of the season).
When he came to us for a second short stint last year you could see right away the changes. We trashed Inter in the CL but went out of the tournament when we met a much better side (Man Utd.) in the semis. And then he resigned.
Ralf Rangnick speaks fluently English. He spent a year in England as a student in the late 70s. So language won't be a problem (he's got quite a German accent though). He's a big fan of the EPL and his managerial style will be having a big impact on the league. His philosophy has always been very offensive minded. High pressing, quick passing, quick vertical play, quick transition. He likes his players to chase the ball by 2 or 3 forcing the opponent to quickly give away the ball. Furthermore he's really into quick feeted and fast wingers. You see, he's really fokussing on playing the game in a straight way. No long balls, keeping the ball on the ground.
Unfortunately his teams were always a bit vulnerable at the back. But if you want to see spectacular football you've got the right manager. I dare to say you'll finish in the top ten next season.
I'll follow you next season to see how he'll be doing. Congrats and have good time.
A royal blue supporter (which means Schalke 04) from Germany.