Rangnick new Salzburg sports director, Houllier on board

VIENNA Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:16pm BST

Ralf Rangnick celebrates victory against Borussia Moenchengladbach during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Gelsenkirchen, August 28, 2011. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Ralf Rangnick celebrates victory against Borussia Moenchengladbach during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Gelsenkirchen, August 28, 2011.

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VIENNA (Reuters) - Former Schalke 04 coach Ralf Rangnick, linked with the top job at England's Tottenham Hotspur, has been appointed sports director at Salzburg, the Austrian doubles winners said on Sunday.

Rangnick, who will also be in charge of development at sister club RB Leipzig in Germany is joined by former France and Liverpool coach Gerard Houllier, who takes over as global soccer director for the company which owns Salzburg and several other clubs.

The cash-rich club, owned by the Red Bull energy drinks company, also appointed Roger Schmidt, former coach of German second division club Paderborn, as Salzburg's new head coach.

"Salzburg will tackle the new tasks and challenges with a new team," the club said in a statement, saying more details would be available at a news conference on Monday.

Salzburg have dominated Austrian football since the club was taken over by Red Bull in 2005, winning the league four times in the last six seasons. They also won their first Austrian Cup in May.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Ed Osmond)

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