With Rangers manager Mark Warburton and assistant David Weir sensationally leaving the club after not only falling even further behind rivals Celtic but also struggling to fend off Aberdeen in 2nd.
So attention is now on who could they turn to ? What kind of calibre of manager would want to work at Ibrox in the current situation ?
Well make no doubts about Rangers are still a massive draw and if they do decide to change their manager there should be a few viable candidates: of course depending on how ambitious Dave King and the rest of the board are. Will they push the boat out for a bit of calibre ? Take the best of the rest in Scotland ? Or go for another project manager and coach with a track record of building teams and working with young players?
We look at at potential managers who could take the job at Ibrox.
- Derek McIness: The Aberdeen manager has seen his side emerge as the countries 2nd force behind Celtic in the absence of Rangers and on current form you would have to make them favourites to do it again. But the lure of a return to the club he grew up supporting and spent 5 years as a player would possibly be too good to turn down. Although the move would instantly undo all his good work at Pittordrie and make him public enemy number 1 in Aberdeen.This would show a real intent by Rangers to show Aberdeen they were back to become the main contenders to Celtic.
2. Alex McLeish: This one may seem a bit ambitious and there would be doubts that McLeish would be in danger of dampening his reputation but at 58 the former Scotland, Rangers and Hibs manager will feel he still has one big job left in him.
After recent brief spells in Egypt in Belgium the former centre half may see a return to Ibrox as a perfect fit at this stage of his career. Would be a very popular appointment with the fans after lifting 7 trophies in his first spell including 2 league titles against one the strongest Celtic sides in history.
3. Ronald De Boer and Barry Ferguson: One of the more out there internet rumours is putting former team-mates Ronald De Boer and Barry Ferguson together for a potential management team. De Boer is currently a coach at Ajax and hasn’t hid his intentions of getting into management and bringing someone like former skipper Ferguson in as his number two could be a master-stroke.
Would be an ambitious move for Rangers but Glasgow still holds a place in De Boers heart and his experience and tactical knowledge along side Ferguson’s aggression and passion could be just what the current side needs. Also both men know what it takes to be a winner at Ibrox.
4. Walter Smith: The ultimate safe pair of hands is only days away from his 69th birthday but if anyone is capable of steering the ship in choppy waters its this man. Already a Rangers legend for steering them through their glory days of the 90’s but cemented his iconic status after coming back to clean up the mess left behind by the Paul Le Guen era. Winning 3 in a row and getting the club to a European Final.
But after leaving as a winner in 2011 it is unlikely Walter would want to risk his golden reputation at what currently seems like an impossible situation.
5. Lee Johnson: The Bristol City manager is very much in the same mould as current manager Mark Warburton with a growing experience down south of working with young players and bringing through some top talents. Knows the English market very well and would be seen as a very shrewd appointment if they could pull it off.
This is another one that would need some significant financial commitment from the Rangers board to convince him to make the move and one it’s yet to be seen if they are willing to make.
6. Tommy Wright: The St Johnstone manager wouldn’t be seen as the most ambitious appointment by the Rangers support but the great work done on a shoe-string budget wont have gone unnoticed and it’s only a matter of time before a bigger club comes in for the former Northern Ireland international.
Not the most glamorous of names but could be one they regret not taking a chance on when he finally moves on to bigger things.
7. Alan Pardew: The former Newcastle United and Crystal Palace would have to take a major pay cut from what he is used to to come to Glasgow but the lure of a long term plan to get Rangers back into the Champions League could be enough to convince the one time candidate for the England job to make the move north.
With his years of experience in the top league in England and even winning the manager of the year 4 years ago he would be seen as a huge coup if Dave King could convince him his future was in Glasgow.
8. Julian Nagelsham: Probably the most ambitious and unlikely name mentioned on the list Hoffenheim manager would be an appointment with as much ambition and hope as the appointment of Paul Le Guen 10 years ago. At only 29 Nagelsham is the youngest manager in the Bundesliga history but would tick all the boxes for a potential successful manager for Rangers.
Has a strong philosophy of working and bringing through young players that would fit in well perfectly with Rangers who cant compete financially with Celtic. A known student of the European game he has already been linked with a potential move to Rangers in the German press.
9. Mark Samspon: The Welsh manager of the England’s women national team has been making his intentions of going into mens game clear after leading England to 3rd place in the world cup 2 years ago. Has already had offers from League 1 and Championship teams in England but the potential of European football, massive fan base and pressurised situation at Ibrox would be a dream move for the highly rated tactician.
Sampson was recently named as one of the most promising young managers in the game.
10. Tim Sherwood: Despite moderate success as boss at Tottenham and Aston Villa Sherwood is another with a great track record of working with young players including the likes of Harry Kane and Kyle Walker as coach of Tottenham.
His keen knowledge and contacts list from the English youth leagues could be key to any move.
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