Ralf Rangnick has departed as coach of TSG Hoffenheim 1899, according to reports from Germany.
The 52-year-old, who took the big-spending Sinsheim side from the third tier to the Bundesliga in consecutive seasons, is understood to have quit due to a disagreement with club patron Dietmar Hopp.
Hopp bankrolled the former amateur team's rise through the leagues but has this season placed a greater emphasis on breaking even. This reached a tipping point today as Hopp sold star defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo to Bayern Munich for €15m, apparently without Rangnick's knowledge.
While Rangnick previously stated that he would take the team for training on January 2nd come what may, it now seems that his patience has run out.
Hoffe have seen changes on the pitch as well as in the dugout today. With Gustavo Luiz heading to Bayern, David Alaba has come the other way, joining TSG on loan until the end of the season.
The 18-year-old Austrian is highly rated in Bavaria and is being farmed out with the aim of his attaining more first team minutes.
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