Showing posts with label Mark Warburton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mark Warburton. Show all posts

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Bread men - the final insult

I thought long and hard about this entry. I have rarely spent such a spell deciding whether or not to proceed with an article on this site, but this one was a source of much conflict.

On one hand there was the school of thought that we should let sleeping dogs lie, move on with our lives and stop living in the acrimonious past. But on the other was the simple inescapable truth of what happened, and how it deserved a final summation given what a huge deal it was and still is to the modern and classic history of Rangers Football Club.

This site was probably the only one willing to actually criticise the Bread Man. For some unknown reason we could not fathom, a great majority of Rangers fans considered him the Messiah and transcended him above criticism, literally until the final two months of his time at Ibrox.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Is Pedro Caixinha the right man for Rangers?

On the face of it it is an astonishingly left-field appointment. While not confirmed yet, unless something wildly unpredictable happens, Pedro Caixinha (‘Cash-sheen-ah’) will be the new Rangers head coach under a Director of Football, at this time looking like being newly-available Paul Mitchell.

I will not lie, like 99% of you readers we had never even heard of Caixinha before we learned of Rangers’ interest in him and brought it to you here, and what little we have gleaned of the man so far really fails to truly shed a great deal of light on what style he will bring to Ibrox.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Could this 20-year old defender be one for Rangers' future?

Article by: Richard Fillingham
I would like to highlight a situation that happened before the Rangers U20’s 1-0 win over Kilmarnock. The match was played at Murray Park, (or is it still called The Rangers Football Centre these days) on Tuesday 28 February, and our last signing, 6’ 4” centre half David Bates was placed on the bench as a substitute and seemingly deemed not good enough to start the U20’s game. Two subs were brought on (Abaradan 45’ + Atayaki 65’), before David was brought on late in the game and scored Rangers’ only goal.

Rangers U20’s team: Alnwick, Bradley, Beerman, Ashmore, Ross McCrorie, Wilson, Burt, Barjonas, Gibson (Atayaki 65’), Windass (Abaradan 45’), Lyon

Monday, 27 February 2017

Manager search; Rangers' future depends on it

Pretty clearly fans are getting restless. Rangers have gone ‘too’ long without a manager, and it is evident that the longer it remains the case, the more the Club will suffer. Supporters are frustrated understandably with the sheer amount of speculation, rumours, counter-rumours, claims, counter-quotes…

In the past 24 hours Barry Ferguson became assistant coach and U20s chief before being removed from consideration altogether, while Ross Wilson was appointed Director of Football before Rangers ever even made contact with him. If they ever even did.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Rangers' search for a manager reaches Blue Alert

When Rangers beat Celtic then won promotion in April last season, the future looked bright, assured, and the direction of the Club finally appeared to be going towards success rather than mediocrity. It seemed we had a progressive, forward-thinking manager who had a full summer to iron out the defensive chinks in his armour while signing the right players to shuffle his troops efficiently into the top flight of Scottish football.

Unfortunately, as it turns out, winning promotion on April 23rd was literally the last good thing to happen to Rangers and the performances, results, and general press since that explicit day has been mostly extremely negative. It was even negative the fixture earlier when Rangers were taken apart at Easter Road again in a result most fans dismissed out of hand. Unfortunately that day in Edinburgh was a depressing prophecy of what was to come, and Rangers have toiled miserably now for the best part of a year to produce anything like what we expect of a Rangers team.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Are these three men Rangers' worst-ever managers?

 Article by: Richard Fillingham

In my honest opinion, Ally McCoist, Paul Le Guen and Mark Warburton are the three biggest failures that Rangers have ever had in management. If I have missed anyone as inept as those, please correct me.

Ally McCoist failed miserably to take us from the Championship into the SPL because, he signed too many poor players that couldn’t beat average teams – does it sound familiar to Warburton?

He was reputed to earn £860,000 a season by the old board for winning Scottish football’s two lowest divisions – an absolute disgrace! He also took the team to Trump Turnberry on the Friday night on their way to play Stranraer on a Saturday – at what cost to Rangers who were short of money? Idiotic!

Friday, 17 February 2017

Glad to see the back of the Three Stooges

Article by: Richard Fillingham
Last Friday, Rangers announced the accepted resignations of Warburton, Weir and McParland and it made me very happy. I was convinced that they had a wonderful opportunity to do great things at Ibrox, but ended up making a complete pig’s ear of the job.

Rangers tried to go in a different direction with Warburton and co, to see if it could work, and his job was to come in and try to restructure the club from the youth level right up to the first team. He insisted on playing an attacking style throughout the system and in his first year in the Championship it was hard to criticise him, apart from the Scottish Cup Final defeat against Hibernian and also in the away losses to both Falkirk and Hibernian.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Rangers' board didn't trust Mark Warburton - here's why...

Rangers’ Managing Director Stewart Robertson said this week:

“Whoever comes in (as new manager) is going to get the backing, the financial resources. If we can get the right guy, give him the right conditions, the right working conditions and back him with the resources which will be there, there will be resources to back the manager coming in in terms of strengthening the squad. Hopefully next season there will be European football and we will need to strengthen the squad for that.”

To sum this statement up; Rangers do have money, if not a fortune, but the board were unwilling to give any more to Mark Warburton after the utter disaster that was last summer’s transfer window.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Will Alex McLeish be a success at Ibrox?

The potential appointment of Alex McLeish has thrown up some debate among Rangers fans, with a significant portion expressing major reservations that he is the right man to bring the Ibrox side out of their current malaise back into something resembling the proper SPL Rangers we expect them to be.

Indeed, in yesterday’s piece, the argument was made that overnight success as a result of his appointment is extremely unlikely, and as such the man deserves a little leeway, itself a rare commodity with Rangers supporters.

But why will McLeish be successful this time, in a wildly different Rangers climate to that of nearly two decades ago (count ‘em), especially in light of the near-certain absence of financial backing that would assist his endeavours a great deal?

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Warburton fallout: the evidence was there...

With many fans still in absolute shock over the backstabbing apparently committed by the terrible trio of Warburton, Weir and McParland, it is worth a little hindsight and exploration of precedent to investigate whether the events of the past 24 hours were actually as stunning as they seemed.

The first thing we must always remember is the ignominious nature of Warburton’s departure at Brentford. The Griffin Park side released a cryptic statement which hinted at a difference of opinion between the hierarchy and management:

What does it take to be Rangers manager?

Article written by: Richard Fillingham

One of the things a Rangers manager has to be is a magician. Not by juggling plates in the air, but by spotting players under his jurisdiction, in the first team, the U-20’s, U-18’s and youth players and knowing the ones who have earned and deserve a regular starting place in the team.

Obviously some players lose a bit of form and need to be dropped an odd time, but in general, to keep the best players in the first team pool.

The secret for the next Rangers manager is to make them much more competitive by spending whatever budget he is given and using the money wisely to buy the very best signings that the financial agreement and wage bill will allow.

How Mark Warburton destroyed his legacy

It takes cajones to be manager of Rangers, and while the majority of those the Club has had have carried themselves with honour and distinction, even the Great John Greig struggled with a pretty good squad (he had Cooper and DJ, to name just two). It is an incredibly demanding, suffocating job which takes something quite special to excel at; recent examples of success in the role include Alex McLeish, Dick Advocaat and obviously Uncle Walter.

PLG and Mark Warburton simply were not up to the task, and neither of them understood the gravity of this amazing Club, and the true requirements of being the captain of one of the toughest ships in football.

POLL: Who would you replace Mark Warburton with?

The candidates to replace Mark Warburton are coming in thick and fast, so with tonight’s confirmation that he will no longer manage the Famous (with the latest that he is apparently consulting his legal team), who do you want to see replace him?

For now, the best of luck to Graeme Murty who will take the side for the cup on Sunday v Morton, but it is unlikely to be a permanent appointment. But if he does well, who knows? But we throw it over to you guys; who do you want as long-term manager for the next two years minimum?

Warburton resignation timeline; piecing together the chaos at Ibrox

It is all chaos, is it not. Rarely in the proud history of Rangers Football Club have fans witnessed the level of embarrassment and confusion that has taken place tonight with the resignation, un-resignation then re-resignation of Mark Warburton.

If we try to piece together the clues from what various outlets, sources and otherwise have put together;

This morning a rumour emerged that by the end of play today, Rangers would be without a manager. As a rumour without major substance and hard to corroborate at the time, it was noted if not dismissed. As 17:00 hours passed without major incident, it was forgotten.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Mark Warburton denies he's resigned

Mark Warburton has this evening denied he has resigned, according to BBC’s Scotland’s Chris McLaughlin.

Rangers this evening released the following statement:

Thursday, 9 February 2017

The disaster that is/was Frank McParland

If one appointment Rangers’ new board has made has been exposed as an unmitigated disaster, it was the placement of the now outgoing Frank McParland as Head of Recruitment in October 2015.

To describe the signatures acquired since then as abysmal is an understatement, and it is worth looking at just what rubbish Rangers have snapped up since McParland took over the transfer policy.

In the first window under his ‘guidance’, Rangers wasted £500,000 on Michael O’Halloran, picked up the inconsistent Harry Forrester for free, and brought in two pieces of dead wood in the form of Billy King (signed because of his name – still cannot get a look in at Hearts, he is now on loan at Inverness) and Polish goalkeeper Maciej Gostomski. The latter ended up turfed out two months later for reasons unknown.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

How the rot set in

To call 2017 a tumultuous year for Rangers seems knee jerk and trivial. It seems knee jerk because the year is barely a month and a half old, and trivial because this club has been through incredibly dark moments which still hurt to this day.

But that said, there can be no trivialising the current state of affairs either. While Rangers are always only ever one loss away from a crisis, season 2016/2017 has been as turbulent as any I can remember.

One wonders where this pickle actually began. It seems to be a domino chain of events interlinked which appear to have brought us to the precipice of Mark Warburton losing his job, one way or another.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Should Warbs get four games to save his job?

Article by: Richard Fillingham

The next four games are imperative for Rangers to finish second in the league and to progress in the Scottish Cup. Ross County and Morton at Ibrox and away to Dundee and Inverness Caledonian are the games that our management team of Warburton and Weir have to get right to save their jobs.

This Saturday’s game against Ross County is the first chance for Warburton to show the board and the fans that he has learned things from the demolition of his team against Hearts. It was the Jam Tarts' biggest ever win over the ‘Gers since 1956 and that tells you everything that was wrong about that Rangers performance.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Goodbye, Mark Warburton...

Article by: Greg Roots

I haven’t written on this site for a while, and I hope that doesn’t make my opinion less relevant than that of our regular contributors to this site, however I feel that after last night I had to air my views.

The general consensus from this site for the last 6 months has been that Mark Warburton just does not have what it takes to be a successful Rangers manager. Rangers are about winning at all costs. Mark Warburton is about delivering a performance and learning. Rangers are about fighting until the end and battling for our lives. Mark Warburton is about subbing off a loan player (best on the park at the time) because he sees us as a 'development club' and wants to respect Hyndman’s parent club.

How Warburton's post-match interviews betrayed the truth

Trying to sift through the wreckage of last night’s abomination on the pitch of Tynecastle is a borderline impossible task, so IbroxNoise decided to take a different angle and expose our ‘manager’s’ post-match interviews for the equally dismal performances they were.

When Warburton was appointed back in 2015, he was initially lauded widely for his press conferences and interviews – he spoke intelligently, progressively, and with the kind of forward-thinking fans believed we needed at the time. After four or five conferences, however, yours truly noticed the same rhetoric, phrases, and general angles being used a few times, and while it was not a big issue back then, I suspected strongly that when results started to struggle under this man, his media displays would be one of the first things attacked by the larger support.