Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s sacking is the headline but his entire backroom staff will leave, after assistants Dave Vos and Roy Makaay joined the former manager in heading out the door.
Yori Bosschaart and Arno Phillips will also depart, according to reports, Rangers’ board culling the entire Dutch regime from the club in what is said to be a £5M severance package for all of them.
It’s a lot of money for Rangers to waste, but Gio was absolutely never going to resign, and regardless of our upcoming analysis about the state of play, for right or wrong if the club wanted a fresh face in charge, they had to stump up the money.
But they’ve gone for the full cull, not just Gio, but his four backroom staff as well, shelling out the money to sack the lot.
Whatever you think of the decision to part company, Gio definitely won the stand off between the two, because he’s a stubborn man and would have sat in position for the duration – his words to the press were a clear challenge to the board that they would have to fire him if they wanted rid.
Indeed, as we pointed out some weeks ago, his press comments echoed exactly what Steven Gerrard said at Villa, just before they fired him, so Gio knew exactly what he was doing.
But for now, it’s his four Dutch friends who are now unemployed as well as himself as Vos, Makaay, Bosschaart and Phillips all head off to pastures new with a fat payoff in their pockets.
It’s a bit of a sad end really, world cup has just started, a few weeks for things to settle down, but instead we now have the upheaval of looking for a new boss by the time action resumes next month. It’s not exactly the ideal preparation, and once again sees Rangers taking on a new boss as winter approaches us.
Will the new boss be supported in the January window? We have no idea, but Rangers may struggle to find a successor given how Gio was ultimately treated.