Rangers fans’ support for Michael Beale has remained about 70% in favour after two Ibrox Noise polls around two weeks apart offered the same results.
We originally asked you on the 6th of August how you felt about him, and 73% felt strongly about sticking with him. Yesterday we asked you the same thing, and while it did drop to 68% who trust him, the general number was the same ballpark.
So what does this mean overall?
It means two-third of Rangers fans stand by Michael Beale as the right man, while one third doesn’t.
Simple as that – for every two fans who back the boss, one doesn’t.
It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of the manager, nor is it a scathing swipe at him, but we will admit the man is dividing supporters when it comes to those who speak up about him.
Either it’s ‘back the manager’ or ‘he’s not the right man’. Very few now seem to be on the fence, and indeed we did ask about those who were undecided about the manager – 15% were uncertain about him as manager, and couldn’t/wouldn’t make a judgement.
The polling sample sizes vary between 1200-2000.
We’ve also noticed those who express ‘back the manager’ always get extremely hostile in the course of this, slating anyone who feels differently and gently invites them to ‘sexually depart’.
Whereas those who have doubts about him say so with concern and worry, and don’t attack anyone thinking differently.
In short, one of these vocal groups appears to want the best for Rangers, the other wants to silence opposition views.
However, that’s only those who take to social media to express themselves – the silent majority does back Beale with support it seems, but appear generally too modest to want to say so publicly.
Probably with their own fears of being attacked.
We support Rangers, not the manager. We’ve always called out Rangers managers even those we personally liked, when things didn’t go well.
And we will always do so. No man, not Gio, Stevie or Mick, is bigger than our club.