Rangers’ Next Manager

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If there is one thing to unite
Rangers fans in recent weeks, it remains Ally McCoist. Sadly the unity is a
general consensus that his time is up, and Rangers need a change at the helm.
Rather than analyse his (many) failings as Rangers boss (done it many times
already), Ibrox Noise decided to have a run-down of the potential replacements.
Over the past year or two a lot
of names have been linked with the Ibrox hotseat, and we will now take you
through four of the most notable monikers to stand out among the crop, in no
particular order.
Tony Pulis.
Out of work since his exit from Crystal Palace, and loosely linked with Rangers
ever since, Pulis is a long shot. He achieved wonders at Selhurst Park, managing
a side endowed with such heady names as Joe Ledley, Jason Puncheon and Barry
Bannan to its highest-ever finish in the EPL of 11th place. For
Palace this was a staggering return given its squad, and Pulis is credited with
bringing organisation, discipline, and unity to the team. Hard to argue with
that. Pulis is particularly noted in England
for his time at Stoke
City as well, having had
two spells at the Britannia. For a manager who has spent his whole career with
‘bottom 10’-type clubs, his record of never being relegated stands out. Indeed,
he would still be at Palace had the owners supported his transfer policy, but a
lack of agreement there saw his departure.
He would be an outstanding
acquisition for Rangers, instilling strength, unity, drive, and passion to the
Club while organising the players properly and making them fight for the cause.
Many argue he would make the team ‘boring’ – but the most reasonable response
to that is to point out Rangers are not even boring right now, they just are
not as good as that. Another one would be ‘so?’ Success is needed, a good solid
team is required, and if Pulis could bring that, all the better.
Stuart McCall.
A strongly-linked name sees a
former Ibrox son heavily associated with a return. His managerial career has
been moderate, with a 30% win rate at Bradford City.
Admittedly City were never really expected to be Barcelona, and McCall had some
difficult circumstances to deal with there, especially budget-related, but he
never really achieved much under them, and as popular as he is among the Ibrox
faithful, might find similar circumstances at Ibrox equally daunting.
He fared a bit better at
Motherwell though, guiding them to second last season, which, surrounded by
Dundee Utd and Aberdeen,
is not a bad finish at all. Unfortunately this season was poor at Fir Park
and he resigned last month, believing his time to be up. Currently he is
enjoying life under Gordon Strachan as assistant coach for Scotland, with the national team
having a major renaissance, and it might be tricky to persuade him to give that
up.
Billy Davies.
I am unsure if his name is half
the reason he is so popular as a potential Rangers manager, but Davies has been
heavily mooted for a role at Ibrox for many years. He is the only manager
linked who has the ignominy on the list of having been sacked from every job he
has had. The closest he got to resigning was Derby County
and ‘mutual consent’ which is, as Walter Smith once put it, ‘a polite firing’. 
He had a very good 2006/07 where he managed to get the Pride
Park outfit into the EPL, having secured
a route there via the playoffs, but failed dreadfully in England’s top
flight which led to aforementioned mutual consent departure. That one
admittedly good season aside, Davies simply has not cut his teeth in
management, and seems unwilling to take responsibility for anything which goes
wrong. The press have had a field day with this attitude, and Davies is now
extremely unpopular in England,
with some journalists especially heavily scathing of his ghastly media
displays. He is unlikely to find work there again, and Rangers should be
incredibly wary of even considering him.
Terry Butcher.
Another one to have had a fair to
middling managerial career, Butcher’s name has cropped up again in recent
months. Not hugely popular with fans these days after comments he made in his
autobiography years ago, Butcher was nevertheless a winner in his playing days
and an integral part of 9IAR. 
His time in various hotseats has been thoroughly
mediocre, with his best spell being in charge of Inverness
– indeed, he was on the shortlist for manager of the year in 2013. However his
disaster at Hibs and subsequent claim he will never manage a Scottish club
again pours cold water over the possibility of his returning to Govan. Never
say never though.
Other names have included Dick
Advocaat, Derek Adams and Brian Laudrup, and from a personal point of view the
latter would be dreadful, given the Dane is one of my heroes. I do not want
what has happened to Super Ally to happen to the Great Dane too, so that one
for me is an absolute no-no. Advocaat is a poor one too – he did well at Ibrox
with budget, this time there is none. Adams is not the worst shout given a
top-6 SPL finish last season but he struggled with Ross County
this time around and was rewarded with the sack.
Truth is Rangers cannot attract a
top-class manager, but if Pulis could be persuaded, he would be by far the best
bet.

22 COMMENTS

  1. i have never been so embarrassed to be a TEDDYBEAR after the shambolic result against the mighty ALLOA.my preferred choice would be RAY WILKINS WHO Has worked alongside JOSE MOURINHO.

    • Another gamble !……….. .are you mad ? .We should do nothing until we can get someone who is good enough to have a fighting chance the LAST thing we need is to take a chance on someone .

    • Wilkins was assistant manager at Watford alongside Vialli and between them they drove the club to the verge of bankruptcy

  2. It is a shame that Ally must leave RFC for us to move forward, but it must be so.
    Also, I do hope that the police leave no stone uncovered in their quest to find the culprits and nail them to the mast, whomever they may be. Until this sorry state of affairs is resolved, as much as is possible then RFC as team cannot move forward.

    True Blue.

  3. If only your fan base would stop believing that they are better than everyone else, thats more than half the problem.. The other half is of course the infestation of the club by free wheelin entrepreneurs, Ally's failings in this sorry story is a very minor part.

  4. Steve Clark should be in the frame for the job as he has a wealth of experience at Chelsea and performed wonders at W.B.A. on a shoestring budget.

    • IF it was workable he would be decent !…………….cant see him getting involved with us though .Who could blame him .

  5. THE TECHNICAL CASE FOR A NEW MANAGER
    Remember the John Greig era? I do!! When Ally became manager of Rangers I took a sharp intake of breath. I was prepared to give him time. Perhaps a pupil of Walter could have a technical understanding of the game. Perhaps a former player could display leadership, vision, motivational skills, tactical awareness, an aptitude for recruitment or player development. On occasion, managers survive and are partially successful if they are competent in one or two of these facets. Would Ally get pass marks in any of these areas?
    I would suggest that his greatest shortfall lies in his technical approach or football ethos. Ranger’s fans will recognise the following barriers to modern, progressive, attractive football:

    • Players dwell too long on the ball. Little evidence of quick, accurate passing. (a coaching basic).
    • an ethos of tall, immobile 'target' men seems to be the default tactic.
    • Law contributes well in attacking positions but he is suspect as a centre-midfield player.
    • McCulloch must feature in the team somewhere, anywhere! (suspect he buys into Ally’s' flawed ethos).
    • centre-backs are preferred in wide defensive areas (on right) thus preventing effective penetration in vital areas.
    • Templeton can contribute effectively and is under-utilised. His poor decision making has not been improved?
    • there is little variety in tactical approach from game to game, and in particular, during games. (2 nil up? Reflect?)
    • stagnant development of young players. (if you can’t coach improvement – conceal it by buying older players)
    • identification and recruitment of young players with potential (admittedly difficult following admin. but there were some around)

    I could go on. The problem is that Ally and current coaching staff are unable to recognise or improve the situation.
    Conclusion: There will be a change of direction shortly with a new manager and coaching staff. Let’s hope that the appointment will be based on merit and not because he is one of the boys.

  6. Brilliant to talk with fresh air, McCoist has to go, he wont walk he has his nose in the trough while we play garbage. Never thought of Pulis, could we afford him? very good choice,we need someone quick to turn this around,rather than tactics to match a rocking horse Ally, Le Guen walked as well as Greig, somebody in the hotline wrote Coisty would work for nothing, good many a good programme seller needed.

  7. Rangers missed a huge opportunity to re-invent themselves post liquidation. The should have made the cost base much smaller, and bought all the best young talent in Scotland, they might have only won each league by 5 or 10 point rather than 30 but they would now have a young team with 100 games each on their CV. Instead they have a high cost older team who are not fit enough to last 90 minutes and players and managers on contracts they are just not affordable. Them and the raft of diretors they have had since liguidation, far too many people with their noses in the trough. No wonder the Rangers fans are sickened by it. One more league loss and 12 point will be far too many to catch up with Hearts, and Im not sure I'dd trust that team in the play offs.

  8. steve clarke?? excellent coach, worked with mourinho, did very well at west brom making average players into a premier league team. he'd be my choice

  9. surely barry ferguson must top any list he can talk to the media get on with the fans and is surely the best young manager out there

  10. Why would we waste money on a manager capable of turning players into Premier League players when we have very little in the coffers? We are not talking about going into the English PL. This is the Scottish PL we are aiming for (about the same standard as top half of the English Div One/bottom half of the Championship) Tony Pulis would be perfect and has tge experience if working with a shoestring budget at Stoke and at Gillingham under chairman Paul Scally, a man who wouldn't part with his own farts without a struggle. He took Stoke up and Gillingham up twice. A very clever man and an impressive leader.

  11. We have a man here in Australia who took Adelaide united from being a basket case to one of the top teams in the A league in one season. Josep
    Gombau. Used to work at Barcelona and has his team playing attractive on the ground football

  12. Go dutch Gio van bronckhurst doing good job as assistant at feyenoord bring him in with numan scouting the dutch league also the deboer brothers could also do a job.Thing to rememberhere is that there is less money in dutch football than most european countries hence the reason these guys keep producing little gems give youth a chance

  13. George Graham for me. He has always said he has on last big job in him and has turned down various offers at home and abroad

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