By Alan Hutton

13th Oct, 2021 | 4:00pm

Rangnick 'perfect' hire for Newcastle after major update via German journalist - pundit

Alan Hutton has insisted Ralf Rangnick would be the “perfect” appointment as manager or sporting director at Newcastle United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland defender claimed off-pitch additions are vital to get the most out of new, big-money signings.

As reported by reputable German journalist Christian Falk, Rangnick is interested in becoming the new manager at St James’ Park.

Working in the Premier League is reportedly a dream of the former Schalke and RB Leipzig chief.

He has not held a manager’s role since 2012, when he became sporting director for both Leipzig and RB Salzburg.

The 63-year-old is currently Lokomotiv Moscow’s manager of sports and development.

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The Telegraph report the new Newcastle board have considering making a move to appoint Rangnick as their sporting director.

Hutton suggested the Magpies need to “change the whole culture of the club” following the takeover.

As such, he insisted they should appoint Rangnick either as manager or director of football.

“I think that’s the perfect build, the way to go about it in the right manner,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“Any kind of billionaire owner can come into a club, splash the cash and spend £100million on one player, £70million for another.

“That’s all good and well but it’s trying to fit them together and make them play in harmony as one.

“I think you have to change the whole culture of a club and it’s going to take time. It could take five-plus years. I don’t think it’s going to happen overnight.

“These are the kind of guys you need in the building to start that off, to make these things happen. Do it the right way, not just spend money on anybody.

“I think the RB Leipzig model would be absolutely ideal. That’d be something that the fans and everybody could get behind and really get excited about, them doing it the right way.”

Under Rangnick, Leipzig climbed from the fourth tier of German football to reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2020.

He has influenced the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel during his career.

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