This time, Ralf Rangnick is set to remain at RB Leipzig as sporting director and turn his back on the opportunity to manage the Toffees out of their current crisis. Rangnick is set to sign a new contract with the German club who sit third in the Bundesliga and on the cusp of reaching the last eight of the Champions League.
It’s led to Everton re-opening negotiations with Sam Allardyce in the hope that the former England boss will keep them in the top flight, as well as restore some pride to the blue half of Merseyside.
Rangnick, who is also the global sporting director for New York Red Bulls, was a journeyman footballer, who spent his career in the German lower leagues. The same was true of his managerial career until 1999 when he took charge of VfB Stuttgart, whom he guided into the last sixteen of the UEFA Cup.
From there, he won promotion with Hannover 96 and kept them in the Bundesliga for two seasons, before heading to Schalke where he took them to the runners-up spot.
Taking the job at Hoffenheim in 2006 began a meteoric rise in his fortunes. From the third tier of German football, he led the club on successive promotions to the Bundesliga and subsequently, firmly ensconced them in the middle of the table for three seasons.
On returning to Schalke in 2011, the Gelsenkirchen outfit reached the Champions League semi-finals where they were beaten by Manchester United.
RB Leipzig came calling in 2012, where first as manager before becoming sporting director. Rangnick has been an integral part of their success and was previously linked with Arsenal as they seek to improve the structure of their hierarchy.