If yesterday’s statement is anything to go by, Graeme Murty’s days in Rangers’ management are numbered.
Chairman Dave King was cryptic, non-committal at best and downright negative at worst about Murty’s prospect of getting the job for next season, and if past history teaches us anything, Murty isn’t going to have the position going into the new season.
If we remember the last time King made a statement like this, it was when Stuart McCall also had a temporary gig at Ibrox.
The chairman praised the present manager, said he was in the running, and not long afterwards Mark Warburton was presented as manager. This was following the play off loss to Motherwell, and the fact McCall did not make the final cut strongly hints Murty won’t either.
Speaking yesterday King said:
“However, on the managerial front I emphasise that the Board fully recognises the need for sustained stability in this area of the Club. Whoever is appointed must be able to meet the unique challenges of managing Rangers and ensuring immediate success. It is a priority that we commence next season with the best appointment we can make and that we move forward rapidly.”
To follow praise of Murty with such a vague piece of rhetoric screams of how he addressed McCall in 2015:
“Stuart has a fantastic attitude, and we don’t view failure to get promoted negatively.”
Before then going on and being very vague about how much of a front runner he was:
“With a club like Rangers there are a lot of names that might come forward, but it’s important that we balance the obvious need to make an appointment with getting it right.”
As we know, McCall wasn’t appointed, and just like with the McCall praise, King furnished some on Murty:
“Graeme Murty was again thrust into an extremely difficult situation and continues to provide the stability and progress that we need at this time. Graeme can be proud of what he has achieved so far.”
If Rangers are to make ‘the best appointment we can make’ Murty has no chance. If we look at the outcome last time this situation arose, Murty has no chance.
Quite frankly most of us would be pretty happy if he went back to the Academy.