With renewed reports in the press recently about Carlos Bocanegra, Craig Moore, Steve Morrow and Christian Nerlinger becoming new Director of Football at Ibrox, we at Ibrox Noise could not be more opposed to the idea if we tried.
Clearly Rangers are hellbent on replacing Ross Wilson, which we consider to be a mistake, and will appoint someone this year, but we really hope not.
Rangers have had two Sporting Directors, Wilson and Mark Allen – neither of them remotely worked out and both men ended up immensely unpopular with fans, accused, among other things, of wasting a tonne of the club’s cash.
Wilson went on to be deadly unpopular, and with banners demanding the exits of he and Stewart Robertson, the fans got their wish when Nottingham Forest relieved us of the former Southampton chief.
But replacing him is just a bad idea.
Michael Beale, like any Rangers manager, should not have some suit above him, vetting and approving and wheeling and dealing – the job of managing Rangers is Beale’s, and the mistakes and successes should be his.
We are absolutely fed up of not knowing ‘who’ signed such and such player. Even to this day, there’s doubt about whether Jordan Jones was a Mark Allen signing or a Steven Gerrard one, and that came to a head under Giovanni van Bronckhorst when he was asked if he had a major say in transfers.
Even he admitted it was a team effort even if he effectively had final say.
But we don’t want it to be a team effort. The transfer system should be Michael Beale’s responsibility, and that’s that. He can have players brought to his attention, yes, but he should scout them and decide if they’re for him.
He deserves the credit and criticism when they work out and don’t.
Let’s leave the idea of a Sporting Director in the bin – it’s just a wage we don’t need.