Eight managers have dropped out of Rangers race

Eight managers have dropped out of Rangers race
LEEDS, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Leeds manager Sam Allardyce reacts prior to the Premier League match between Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road on May 28, 2023 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Rangers fans can sigh with relief at the names NOT being considered for new manager. Ibrox Noise lists the lot, some worse than others, and bring you the definitive guides to the ones no longer (if they ever were) in the picture.

Ryan Lowe:

Rangers are said to have made overtures in his direction following impressive performances with Preston, but it went no further than that. Rangers do not need a Championship manager again, and this one was just due diligence and a non-starter.

John Eustace:

This wasn’t even an interest. The board were aware Birmingham fired him, but his own admission that he wasn’t interested in Rangers a few weeks ago, in a slightly derogatory fashion, spelled the death knell for any overtures the board might have had in him.

Frank Lampard:

Did meet the board but both parties, aided by the wily old fox of Graeme Souness, quickly realised it was wrong for both. No harm, no foul, there was just no alignment and that was that. He quickly dropped out of the race.

Graham Potter:

Some early s*n reports claimed he’d rejected the post – absolute fabrication. As far as we understand he hadn’t said a word on it, but wasn’t in the frame in the first place. Having rejected Lyon, he wants time out of football and Rangers made no advances in his direction. Good manager but not the right one for Rangers.

Billy Davies:

He puts his hat in the ring every time there’s a vacancy anywhere, especially at Ibrox, but there’s a reason the 59-year-old remains out of work after 9 years. He went one step further than Frank Lampard and actually got Derby promoted, but that was the peak of his career and a LONG time ago. He’s not the right guy to take over at Ibrox and the board had no interest.

Sam Allardyce:

Tentatively said it would be an honour to do the job at a club the size of Rangers, and was filled with praise for the club and the grandeur, but wasn’t in the running anyway so it’s a non-issue. Good for saving stricken relegation sides, in general, as long as they’re not called Leeds, but failed at his one big club job in Newcastle. Good guy, but again, not the right one for the Rangers.

Pascal Jansen:

Ruled himself out, and sources in Holland have confirmed it’s basically a no. Rangers were considering him but he’s happy where he is. Fair enough.

Derek McInnes:

Was under consideration but the board pulled back on that one too – he said no once, he’d probably do it again. He’s not a pressure manager, and despite winning things as Dons (and Killie) boss, could he bring this Rangers side off its knees? We doubt it.

There are one or two other dribbles, but those are the main ones.

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