Manchester United ‘prepare to hire American coach Chris Armas’

Former Toronto FC manager Chris Armas is set to join the Manchester United coaching staff following the arrival of Ralph Rangnick.

Toronto Armas was sacked in July after less than six months in office. During his time in charge, Toronto suffered a 7-1 defeat to DC United – the worst difference in the club’s history.

However, Armas will look to redeem himself at Manchester United after being appointed as the first new member of Rangnick’s squad in the back room.

One big advantage of the move is that Rangnick and Armas already know each other, having previously worked together at the New York Red Bulls.

Rangnick was Head of Sports and Development for Red Bull clubs in New York and Brazil while Armas was appointed head coach for the US team.

Former Toronto Football Club manager Chris Armas (above) is set to join United’s coaching staff

Armas will become the assistant manager of Rangnick (middle) after obtaining his work permit

Armas will become the assistant manager of Rangnick (middle) after obtaining his work permit

Who is Chris Armas?

Age: 49

Birthplace: New York, United States

Teams played for: Long Island Rough Riders, LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire

International matches: Puerto Rico (eight), USA (66).

Managed teams: Chicago Fire (assistant), Adelphi Panthers (women’s football), New York Red Bulls (assistant), New York Red Bulls, Toronto

Born in New York, Armas played football while studying at Adelphi University in his home city between 1990 and 1993.

After his graduation, he began his career with the Long Island Rough Riders before being selected by the LA Galaxy Major League Soccer team in a draft in 1996.

Armas played for the California team in his first two seasons in the division but was traded to the Chicago Fire in 1998. He immediately helped his new team win the MLS Championship.

A talented midfielder, he spent nine years in Chicago and was named the NBA’s Top 11 Player five times before being suspended in 2007.

Armas became an assistant manager for the Chicago Fire in 2008, prior to a four-year stint as the women’s soccer coach for the Adelphi Panthers — his old college team.

He returned to the men’s professional game in 2015, joining the New York Red Bulls as an assistant before replacing Jesse Marsh as manager in 2018.

During his five-year tenure, he met and worked with Ralph Rangnick, who has held several positions in Red Bull’s football division since 2012. He was promoted to Head of Sports and Development in 2019, which included working with Armas and the New York team.

Armas left the New York Red Bulls in 2020 and was out for a spell before being hired by the MLS side Toronto earlier this year.

However, he did not last long in the role, and was sacked in July after a 7-1 defeat to DC United, having lost eight of his eleven games in office.

according to ESPN, Armas got his work permit Monday morning after was initially rejected for No UEFA Pro license.

Having earned his appeal, Armas will now join Rangnick’s coaching Manchester United as the German assistant manager.

This is a huge opportunity for Armas who has been out of work since being fired by Toronto.

But, the American player will need to prove himself to Manchester United followers – having racked up one win, two draws and eight losses. in MLS.

As a result, the US team found itself at the bottom of the standings – after suffering six consecutive defeats – before Armas was ordered to march.

However, Armas enjoyed a successful stint at the Red Bulls – scoring Record 11-29-21.

He also led the club to the Fans Shield in 2018 and the playoffs in 2018 and 2019.

He has also enjoyed a successful career as a soccer player – he made 264 appearances for Galaxy and Chicago Fire.

Armas also played a total of 66 caps for the US men’s national team.

Rangnick previously said he would retain the majority of the club’s current backroom staff “because I need their expertise and experience”. However, he said he would hire “one or two” additional employees.

Speaking at his first press conference, Rangnick said: “I am very happy to work with the current coaching staff as I need their experience and expertise in relation to the current squad.

Obviously I’ll try to find one, two or three people who can join us in the next week or two, but given the Brexit laws, it’s not that easy.

Many of my former teammates, regardless of whether they were video analysts or assistant coaches, have long-term contracts with big clubs, so they are not available at the moment. We have to be smart and a little smart and find the right people.

“Hopefully we can get them here in the next week or two, but I can’t tell you any names.”

In addition, Manchester United could face paying millions to their current backroom staff if Rangrick decides to fire them.

Sportsmail previously revealed how Assistant Mike Phelan signed a new deal in October.

Sources also revealed that the rest of the coaching team is following him, including first-team coach Kieran McKenna and goalkeeper coach Richard Hartis.

Meanwhile, Michael Carrick has made the decision to leave Manchester United after his last match as interim manager of the club.

The couple's relationship goes back to their New York Red Bulls days

The couple’s relationship goes back to their New York Red Bulls days

Rangnick was Head of Sports and Development at Red Bull Clubs in New York and Brazil while Armas (above) was appointed head coach for the US team.

Rangnick was Head of Sports and Development at Red Bull Clubs in New York and Brazil while Armas (above) was appointed head coach for the US team.

The club confirmed the news in a statement on its official website, following its 3-2 victory over Arsenal earlier this month.

Speaking about Carrick’s departure from the coaching staff, Rangrick said: “Michael, I found out about this two days ago.

I met Michael and with Kieran (McKenna) but privately with Michael two days ago, I had a long private conversation with him for over an hour. I was trying to get him to stay on board, but apparently he made that decision weeks ago that he needed a break and rest after thirty years in professional football.

While Carrick said: “It was not an easy decision but I feel it was the right one.

‘I was going to take time off after I finished playing and it never happened. It seems like a good time to walk away and what a way to end.

Armas only lasted six months in his role with Toronto, having been sent off after their 7-1 defeat to DC United - the worst difference in the club's history.

Armas only lasted six months in his role with Toronto, having been sent off after their 7-1 defeat to DC United – the worst difference in the club’s history.

However, he will work alongside Rangnick to lead United until the end of the season

However, he will work alongside Rangnick to lead United until the end of the season

It’s 100% my decision. I realized over the past week that I respect the club and the incoming manager. I thought it was the right thing to do for the club and for Ralph [Rangnick] And I’m very happy with that.

We were in a situation where there was a responsibility to keep these matches going. Loyalty to Ole is a bit of a factor but there were a lot of things that made my decision.

I’ve had great times, great memories and I’m so proud of the players for the past three matches.

I just told them and they were a little shocked, a little surprised, a little emotional in the changing room. I almost put it together. It wasn’t easy getting him away from people but I had work to do.

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