Ralf Rangnick is due to add the former New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC coach Chris Armas to his coaching staff at Manchester United. Armas, who worked with Rangnick at the New York Red Bulls, will join United subject to visa approval. It is understood the situation around a work permit is yet to be fully resolved.
The 49-year-old could be one of up to four appointments to Rangnick’s backroom staff, although well placed sources at Old Trafford have cautioned that there may not be that many arrivals.
Mike Phelan, who was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No 2, first team coach Kieran McKenna, assistant Martyn Pert, goalkeeping coach Richard Hartis and set-piece and individual development coach, Eric Ramsay, remain at the club, although there could be changes down the line.
Rangnick was head of sport and development at Red Bull’s stable of football clubs while Armas was head coach in New York.
A former midfielder for the LA Galaxy, Chicago Fire and US national team, Armas was in charge at the New York Red Bulls for just over two years before leaving in September last year. He lasted just 11 matches in charge of Toronto before being fired in July.
Asked last week about his plans for United’s existing coaching staff and any potential additions, Rangnick said: “About the coaching, I’m more than happy to work with them. I need their expertise and experience regarding the current squad. I want to find one, two or three to join us but due to Brexit, it’s not that easy.
“Many of my former employers are tied up in long-term contracts with big clubs so they are not available right now. We need to be smart and clever, hopefully in one or two weeks but I don’t know.”
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