Showing posts with label Mauricio Pochettino. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mauricio Pochettino. Show all posts

Friday, 19 May 2017

Sergeant Warburton's Loan-ly Rangers Club - where are they now?

If one thing punctuated Mark Warburton’s ultimately disastrous regime at Ibrox, it was his unforgiveable use of Ibrox and Murray Park as a pseudo-lab for other teams’ youth players while borderline auditioning himself for another gig by showing how ‘well’ he could develop these young players.

As a homage to our fine ex-manager, Ibrox Noise decided to take an irreverent look down Memory Lane and have a look at all the departed loanees Bread Man brought in and ask the pertinent question: ‘where are they now?’

Monday, 16 January 2017

Just what IS Mark Warburton's recruitment plan?

Trying to sift one’s way through the myriad of confusion that is Rangers’ squad these days really is quite a challenge. Indeed, it is hard to know where to begin when summing up the recruitment policy, the squad structuring vision and the departures’ lounge.

When Mark Warburton took charge in the summer of 2015, he really did a fantastic job over overhauling a truly shambolic squad left over by the embers of the failed McCoist regime. 11 departures that summer meant Warburton was effectively able to rebuild Rangers’ squad from scratch – with a modest budget he compiled a clutch of players who took to the Scottish Championship like a duck to water, and there is no denying the free-flowing Barcelona-esque football vision he had for Rangers was having a positive impact.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The mess in midfield

If ever a transfer window summed up the aimless direction Mark Warburton is going in, it would be this one. With two new creative midfielders signed up over the past 48 hours, to call the man’s obsession with midfield unnerving would be something of an understatement.

Since this window began, Rangers have been linked with at least five creative midfielders, two of them confirmed as joining up at the Marble Staircase, while the likes of Jota and Hepburn Murphy have gone colder.

And many fans are questioning what Warburton’s signing policy actually is as a result, with an increasing level of exasperation and frustration over the continued targeting of not only creative midfielders, but apparently only loan deals for them too.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Where did it go wrong for Nathan Oduwa?

So, as we now know, on-loan Nathan Oduwa has travelled back down south and rejoined Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur, his time at Ibrox terminated with a slightly blunt statement from the Club informing fans the winger had gone.

There were no thanks, no good luck wishes, just a very unsubtle message that his loan had ended and he had returned to White Hart Lane.

Whether this was a clerical error on the part of the Club, or there was somehow ‘bad blood’ we will probably never know, and while his exit came out of the blue, it was not a departure greeted with a lot of sadness among Rangers fans.

The majority reaction was to thank him for his time at Ibrox and reflect fondly on ‘that’ display v Raith, while wishing him well back in England.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Tottenham's Nathan Oduwa at Ibrox - half term report

When England youth international Nathan Oduwa was linked last summer with a loan move to Mark Warburton’s Rangers from his parent club Tottenham Hotspur, the obligatory YouTube research found a player of promise, with some clever trickery in his armoury.

The winger had never scored at senior level for any club, although at age 19 there was certainly plenty of time to do so.

He subsequently arrived at Ibrox with a growing reputation, and took his maiden bow at the Indodrill Stadium in Alloa, coming on as a sub on the 60 minute mark – and this was where Nathan Oduwa’s (unwarranted) controversies in the Scottish game began.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Warburton admits Oduwa is on borrowed time

While negotiations are underway to extend Arsenal playmaker Gedion Zelalem’s loan from the initial six months to full season as agreed early on with Emirates' manager Arsene Wenger, the news is not so bright regarding Rangers’ other on-loan star from the Premier League.

While Rangers and Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur only agreed a season-long long in the first place, faint hopes had been raised within the Rangers support that the White Hart Lane youngster, who has set Scottish football alight with his superb footwork, might either extend his loan for a further year.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Rangers fans' poll: has Zelalem or Oduwa impressed more?

Two of Rangers’ most prominent players this season have been the on-loan stars from London, Arsenal’s USA youth international central midfield playmaker Gedion Zelalem, and Tottenham Hotspur’s marauding box-of-tricks winger Nathan Oduwa.

The latter has impressed fans so much he has adopted their nickname for him, ‘Magic Feet’, a homage to the ‘Magic Hat’ of his manager Mark Warburton, while the young Emirates’ star Zelalem has strolled with an incredible swagger through life in the Championship, with performances belying his tender 18 years.

However, wanted to poll its readers to ask which of these two sterling talents has impressed more. Is it the finest from Arsene Wenger’s charges at Arsenal, with the creativity from deep in Zelalem who has impressed you more, or has the man from White Hart Lane, so kindly furnished to Ibrox by Argentina’s Mauricio Pochettino, been the one to win you over?

Readers, it is over to you: who has had more impact in your opinion?

online survey

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Can Rangers hold onto Nathan Oduwa?

Yesterday’s stonking 5-0 dismantling of Raith Rovers was arguably the finest display at Ibrox from Rangers since the Advocaat days, maybe more. While the home team was perhaps guilty of mild over indulgence in the belly of the first half, with attempts at borderline walking the ball into the net and overcomplicating the play, the quality of fare nevertheless transcended a new level and was immaculate.

However, on a day where every player produced a stellar show one jersey stood out more than the rest with a performance which not just bewildered the visitors, but absolutely terrorised them

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Spurs midfielder remains on Rangers' radar

Rangers’ pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur youngster Harry Winks has intensified with unconfirmed reports he is being sounded out for a loan deal north of the border.

The 19-year old signed a new long-term contract at White Hart Lane recently but his manager Mauricio Pochettino is on good terms with Mark Warburton following fellow Spurs’ youngster Alex Pritchard’s successful loan spell at Warburton’s previous club Brentford, and is reportedly keen to get experience under Winks’ belt.