Bradley Carnell Chiefs Cele St. Louis

Bradley Carnell. Photo: @stlCITYsc/Twitter

Former Bafana star: Man United’s Rangnick changed my career!

Former Bafana Bafana international and new St Louis City FC coach Bradley Carnell says Ralf Rangnick set his career on an upward trajectory

Bradley Carnell Chiefs Cele St. Louis

Bradley Carnell. Photo: @stlCITYsc/Twitter

Carnell, who played under Rangnick during his time in the Bundesliga, was also recruited by his former boss to coach at the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer in the USA.


In the latest development on Wednesday, Carnell was announced as the new coach of Major League Soccer’s St Louis City expansion club.

“We got our top candidate for the club’s first head coach position and wanted to get him on board early given the integral role he’ll play in building our first team,” St Louis sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel said.

“We knew it was important to have someone who understood the ins and outs of the MLS as well as the international market, and Bradley has all the attributes we were looking for.”

Carnell, who earned 42 caps for South Africa, left his assistants role at Orlando Pirates in 2017 to join the New York Red Bulls and last season served as caretaker coach after Chris Armas was fired.


Carnell and Rangnick go way back

He was actually linked with a potential role as an assistant to Rangnick at Manchester United, but that move hasn’t materialised. However, the former Kaizer Chiefs defender heaped praise on the Red Devils’ interim manager for his role in inspiring his progression as a player and eventually as a coach as well.

“Playing a certain way from a young age, and then having it instilled as a professional and then Ralf Rangnick coming [to Stuttgart] in 1999 and demanding and willing us to be a certain type of player, spoke to me and spoke to my character as a person from a physical standpoint and from a mental standpoint,” Carnell said.

“It’s kind of come full circle now, where I was a player in this certain style and then coaching it [in New York] for the past five years.”

Carnell also previously explained how he got to the MLS from South Africa: It stems from 2001 when Ralf Rangnick was my coach at VfB Stuttgart, and I had one of my best playing stints under him. 

“It was a good time for him as a coach and me as a player. We made it to the UEFA Cup final and we maintained a link. In 2014 we reignited our relationship. We’ve been in constant exchanges since then, and now he’s part of the global brand with Red Bull. The Stuttgart imprint is quite big within the brand now.”