This is going to be the last time we are going to discuss Graeme Murty on here. You can all breathe a sigh of relief already.
The bottom line we wish to address is the absolute categorical systemic failure at both board and football level which has blighted the club recently and frankly embarrassed us.
A few supporters did want Murty to get the job permanently. We were not one of them. We knew it was absolutely the wrong appointment, just like Pedro had been, but the ‘staunch loyal’ knew better and the day it was announced was a painful day for many of us.
That press release on the official site where Murty’s frozen grin and forced soundbite about how he had always wanted this job was excruciating given only a few weeks earlier he’d admitted he hadn’t come north to become Rangers manager, only to develop his coaching skills at Rangers’ Academy.
But here he was, paraded as boss, in a move which was absolute desperation from the board after McInnes’ knock back.
Many ‘thank’ Murty for saving us, for taking the job and getting us out of a pickle. No mention about the massive wage rise a youth coach was getting, nor his complete unsuitability for the role. Just a thank you for taking a job.
But it’s not all his fault. The board, scraping the barrel, having made two calamitous appointments in a row, decided to go the whole hog and make a third. There was nothing about Murty which pointed to his ability to handle this job – and yet Rangers suits, half of whom have now gone in all fairness, decided he was the right man to get us to the end of the season.
Well he wasn’t. His either resignation or sacking proves that one.
We are appalled at the football mismanagement of our club in recent years. We haven’t had a real manager since Walter Smith, and if we play devil’s advocate, we absolutely know Steven Gerrard is a risk. A worthwhile one, but still a risk.
But the board had to do something. They had to get someone with real clout – a true Hollywood star of the game. Someone who understood real pressure at the top of the sport and had been a marquee name in his playing days.
We couldn’t seem to find the right established manager, so we’ve gone for a megastar player turned coach who could be the right manager.
It’s a bold risk, and for all their calamities recently, Rangers’ board are ballsy in going for this route – it’s one we just can’t condemn, for inasmuch as it could be John Barnes, it could be Graeme Souness.
That said though, their heads are once again on the chopping block. Arguably two of the three from 2015 paid for bad decisions with their roles – that is right and proper. If Gerrard turns out a flop, King simply has to go.
But if his and the board’s risk pays off, and my God, we hope it does, we will be the first to say well done and congratulations gentlemen.
But wow, they really have screwed up so many times in the past few years – surely they have to get this one right?!