We’ve covered this topic before, but it’s worth revisiting in light of the disastrous preseason and then season-opener Michael Beale’s Rangers has suffered:
Why, since Walter Smith’s exit in 2011, have Rangers appointed nothing but rookie managers? That’s now 12 years of low-ball managers who hadn’t won a thing and were just starting out as managers?
Ally McCoist, Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha, Graeme Murty, Steven Gerrard, and now Michael Beale. Yes, one big name missing, and we’ll get to him in a moment.
But generally, Rangers have not appointed a single Rangers-esque manager, not a single winner, not a single manager with an experienced CV of winning and top-level football.
Why is this?
Even Celtic’s ‘lesser’ bosses like Deila had wins under their belt before taking the Glasgow job – they are always hiring managers who know already how to win titles, cups you name it.
Rangers have done that ONCE since Walter, and his name is of course Giovanni van Bronckhorst and he’d won FIVE trophies at Feyenoord when he came to Rangers. Naturally the man won our first Scottish Cup in a decade, and got us to Sevilla.
But he wasn’t supported by the board or the fans, really, wasn’t popular in the way Steven Gerrard had been. So kind of got chased out, but that’s separate conversation.
Aside him, Rangers permanently appoint newbies, children to the managerial role, inexperienced rookies planning their managerial careers rather than actually knowing the ropes already.
We have no answers here. Price? Is a top manager too expensive? Seems unlikely given what we shelled out on players. Or does no manager with major football gravity want the Rangers job?
But then from a former board who once appointed Pedro Caixinha, we’re not sure past managerial decisions have been made with a view to winning football matches.
Just like the Colak piece, answers on a postcard for this one.