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.