Ross Wilson is gone. The Director of Football Rangers fans ended up loving to hate has officially exited Ibrox swiftly by the rear door and taken up a position at doomed Nottingham Forest, where he becomes something like chief football officer or suchlike.
Ibrox Noise is delighted to be rid of him.
He was a failure of a Director of Football, and his signing strategies absolutely did not work, with the numbers being on one hand the players who thrived during his stewardship.
But what turned Ibrox Noise off him the most was his disgraceful, condescending, pontificating, self-indulgent performance at the Annual General Meeting recently, where instead of admitting any self-reflection or mistakes on his part, Wilson doubled down on defence of his own performance and patronised the audience to the point of nausea.
The guy thinks a LOT of himself, with a bit of a ‘small-man’ syndrome akin to Napoleon, and if you’re going to indulge in this sort of conceited arrogance, you must deliver professionally to justify it.
Look at Milan and Sweden’s Zlatan, and Portugal’s Ronaldo – if chocolate they’d slather themselves all over the place, they love themselves. But they delivered on their words with world class careers that will be remembered well.
Wilson? Far from it. He was a failure at Southampton where he installed a football plan and structure that ultimately got Ralph Hassenhuttl the sack, and which saw a steady decline and now sees them fighting relegation. Don’t think for one second that’s because they miss him, it’s BECAUSE of him, of what he put in motion, and his arrival has done similar to Rangers.
He’s the kind of guy that gives a quick fix (we won 55 not long after he got to Ibrox) but then long-term his strategies are a bum note – look where we are and look where Southampton are.
He’s toxic, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be done with him.
This is not personal, we’re sure away from football he’s a good guy and decent and all that jazz. But in the role of Rangers’ DoF he failed, and now we have to clear up the mess.
Goodbye Ross Wilson, and Forest…? What are you thinking of!