Manchester United fans are making the same point about Ralf Rangnick as an old clip of Sir Dave Brailsford emerges on social media.
INEOS group have been delegated all sporting control of Erik ten Hag‘s club as part of the £1.3 billion agreement, with Brailsford and Jean-Claude Blanc both now part of the day-to-day operations at the club. Brailsford has a long history of success, mainly in relation to sailing and British cycling.
Speaking previously, an interview of Brailsford explaining what he believes are the keys to sustaining success and the importance of balancing both young and established talent while sitting alongside Ratcliffe has caused debate among fans.
“Sustaining success is a challenge in itself,” he said. “Getting success in the first place is one thing, but sustaining it is a completely different ball game.
“Then, of course, that comes in waves, so you have a current team, and like any sports team, it transitions, and part of the overall balance of the overall game of chess is making sure that you’ve got a new wave of younger talent coming through while we maintain the top.
“You have to be really careful of that because if you take your eye off the top a little bit, it drops down one or two per cent, and if you don’t focus fully on the young, developing side, it doesn’t go quite where it should be, and you end up with mediocrity in the middle – and that’s no good for anybody.
“So, I think the trick is to try and have these two real clear focuses and then, on top of that, think about how the young guys can fast-track and learn from the older guys while the older guys are allowed to totally focus on maintaining their performance.”
These words echo an era under Sir Alex Ferguson where mixing youth with experience worked wonders, for example, with Eric Cantona and the class of ’92, or mixing a young Wayne Rooney and Ronaldo with experience around them.
However, United fans have pointed out that, as of now, it is all just talk rather than action, much like the club under Ralf Rangnick’s brief spell in charge during the 2021/22 season.
With Brailsford on the board, he will have plenty of time to prove his words right.
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