Former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, whose popularity with Ibrox supporters reduces by the day as more become aware of just how sneaky his exit was, did not in any way inform (many of/any?) the players of his exit, and didn’t say goodbye.
With many of the first-team squad away on international duty, Gerrard took the chance to go south to London, agree on a deal to be new Villa manager, and that was literally it.
The Birmingham side happily paid Rangers the £4.5M compensation and his contract with the club was immediately ripped up.
And none of his charges knew a thing.
There are many fans who ‘wish him the best’ and thank him for 55, and in truth we will always cherish last season, but SG’s conduct since Monday has been borderline ‘treacherous’ according to many of the messages from fans we’ve been getting.
Fans, who don’t want to be publicly abused by other supporters, have privately told us of their feelings on the former manager’s exit, and we’d say over the past few days more and more public shaming of the manner of his exit has taken place.
Not least his complete lack of respect shown to either Rangers as a club or the fans.
In fact, frankly his departure was ‘slippy’, and usually that’s a word used by Celtic fans to degrade him when he was our boss – but that is the kind of behaviour he showed in the way he left.
In truth, we see very few fans actually defending the underhand nature of how he left, or how he took the entire coaching staff with him without a thought for our club.
And the players, while publicly saying decent things, weren’t even given a goodbye.
Oh well, onwards and upwards.