With various news sources claiming that former Bafana Bafana international Bradley Carnell was being linked to an assistant coaching job at Manchester United, the Siya crew put a call through to Carnell currently based in the USA with the New York Red Bulls to get to the bottom of what would be a sensational move for the young South African coach.
The speculation stems from the fact that Carnell played under Manchester United’s new man at the helm Ralf Rangnick in Germany at Bundesliga club Vfb Stuttgart in 2000. After hanging up his boots and getting his coaching licenses, Carnell was recruited by Rangnick to get involved with the MLS Red Bull franchise in New York and so the two seem to enjoy a good relationship with Rangnick clearly rating the former Bafana Bafana midfielder’s coaching style.
Carnell confirmed that he had seen the speculation in the media and confirmed that there had been contact with Rangnick to gauge his interest in a possible move to Manchester United, but that the timing of these discussions has come at a very sensitive time in his coaching career.
“Look, it would be a dream move for any coach in the world to be involved at Manchester United, but I currently find myself in a situation where there are a number of challenges in the way of a move away from the USA at this stage.”
Pressed for more information on the obstacles Carnell said, “At this stage I am very flattered to be linked with one of the biggest clubs in the world in Manchester United, but I remain focussed on the great work I am doing in the United States and Major League Soccer. ”
The Siya crew will continue to check in with Carnell in the coming days to follow this story as it unfolds and keep South Africa and the Soccer Laduma audience informed about one of our favourite sons.
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