While Giovanni is now clearly a dead man walking, Ibrox Noise is being inundated with our nomination requests from readers and our community wanting to know who we want him replaced with.
We sarcastically replied to one chap pointing out we’d strongly wanted Gio in the first place so we weren’t sure our view was exactly reliable, but equally the man did win us the cup and gave us Seville. So he’s clearly not been a fail.
But this season has, an epic, horrendous, abhorrent shambles, in which we can’t quite fathom how we managed to overcome both USG and PSV to make the UCL group phase. So many readers say “Sevilla and UCL qualification to ‘this’” and you can’t blame them one bit.
But who would we choose over Gio? One of our loyal readers suggested David Martindale, whether intentioned as a temporary safe pair of hands or long term – and Martindale has indeed been impressive at Livingston, and most certainly is one of us. Whether the man could handle the almost blinding pressure at Rangers we’re less sure, because the demands at the club are so intense it breaks even the strongest men.
The truth is, with this squad, this pile of injuries, and this board, and likely no money in January yet again, we’re not actually sure – there is of course the predictable Mick Beale requests in there too and while he may be destined to come back one day, he rejected Wolves recently so we’re not too sure he wants Rangers just now either. His stock at QPR has also plummeted – he hasn’t won for 6 matches, with Loftus Road now seeing its place in the Championship tumble from first to 7th.
Who else? There’s the mention of FK Bodø/Glimt man Kjetil Knutsen, who was linked before Gio got the gig, but his Norwegians are some distance behind Molde so his stock is also wavering as well.
And of course Steven Gerrard. Just no.
If we had to pick one of these, yeah, it would probably be Beale, given the fact he’s technically already been manager before he left. He’d 100% come back, but maybe not just yet.
But hey, what do we know?