Giovanni van Bronckhorst has today spoken out for the first time on his time as Rangers manager, taking a gentle shot at the board while praising the club as a whole and especially the fans.
A week after losing his job as Rangers’ 17th boss, the Dutchman had the following to say on his exit from Govan:
The most telling part is of course the third-last sentence:
Indeed he did – a board that didn’t play ball and didn’t support him, and little control over incomings or outgoings, all the while struggling with injuries which piled on high and gave him no one to choose from.
Generally his statement is gracious and shows the dignity of the man, praising the fans (even though 90% of them wanted him gone) and their continued support, and the club in general.
But the fact that he includes a veiled criticism of the board is very telling, making it dignified but subtle, explaining that while results went south, it hurt him as much as anyone – but tellingly Gio also doesn’t take any responsibility for his own errors, which he never did do.
Even in trying circumstances, there were still many situations of his own making, and he still doesn’t hold his hands up and say he got anything wrong.
He was part of the problem in the end, but Gio isn’t the kind of man to ever accept he was wrong.
But he’s not wrong to take a gentle jab at the suits either.