Thursday, 4 July 2019

Has Rangers legend just revealed 'the truth' about controversy?


Lee Wallace’s recent comments about Steven Gerrard may have given the biggest hint yet about why Rangers’ current manager failed to select him following the debacle with Graeme Murty last year.

Wallace was of course suspended after the apparent fracas in the dressing room at Hampden, and while Kenny Miller believes his successful appeal was the reason, Wallace himself was very smart in what he said and how he said it, and it pointed at the truth.

Rangers’ former captain now QPR left back said:

"Even though I didn't play under Steven Gerrard, he was fantastic for me. What a learning experience that was for me working up close and personal with Steven Gerrard. Michael Beale, the first-team coach, he was incredible. He was fantastic for me. I thank them. I made sure I went in there and thanked them. It was a situation that wasn't ideal for them to inherit - as a man I had to go in and shake their hands and wish them all the best moving forward."

This really does speak volumes. Beyond the obvious class Wallace shows here, he suggests, more than subtly, that Gerrard’s decision not to select him was in fact not Gerrard’s decision at all – and that had the manager not had his hands tied by those above him, Wallace would likely have been a part of his first team.

Wallace’s eagerness to describe what a great manager Gerrard was for him, and how great a learning experience it was under him and that Stevie inherited a bum situation really does strongly point to the decision being out of the manager’s hands.

Gerrard famously of course said he had better options, in comments that absolutely no one bought, and those included himself – it felt like something he’d been told to say, for as much influence and power as Gerrard has at Ibrox, there are still decisions and calls made above his paygrade he has no say in.

And that is the nature of a football club – the suits are the ultimate bosses and while you can have a big-name and iconic manager, ultimately not even Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola have more power or influence than those who hire them.

We’ll discuss Wallace’s (and Miller’s) comments more in later entries, but before anyone complains about ‘it’s in the past move on’, we’re quite sure the same types would have been those preaching about supposition last May saying ‘the truth will come out one day’ – well it slowly is now, and now that it is, we shall discuss it.


6 comments:

  1. Terrible decision by the board, all based on ego rather than what was right. I think we would have had a completely different season had he been available. For huge swathes of last season we had no natural balance, with no LB providing a reliable out. I know wallace would have. Chances are a few of the draws we had last season wouldn't have happened if we had an equal amount of attacks down the left when compared with the right. We were far to predictable at times

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  2. Just a spiteful reaction from the board - reminds me of SNP at Westminster

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  4. I was willing to back Murty at the time, how wrong was i. Now i get very uptight when i see his mug still at Rangers while Miller and Wallace have in effect been kicked out. We must, sooner or later get the truth. I wonder how many witnesses to that day and are no longer with the club will be willing to talk now.

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  5. Waldo...classy as always, great skipper and will be missed by every true blue. Hope he has a fantastic time with QPR.

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  6. If Gerrard was told not to play him then how did he manage to get a few substitute appearances including a chance to say farewell at Ibrox. Makes no sense.

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