Kevin Muscat, Graham Potter, Jesse Marsch and Kjejil Knutsen have emerged as the early frontrunners for the Rangers job, after all four topped the odds hours after Mick Beale’s sacking.
The full list top 6:
Kevin Muscat 5/1 5/2
Graham Potter 7/1 4/1
Jesse Marsch 8/1 7/1
Kjetil Knutsen 8/1 6/1
Marcelo Bielsa 17/2 17/2
Gennaro Gattuso 12/1 12/1
Muscat and Potter have been the popular options for some time, both being mentioned regularly in Rangers circles whenever a manager is sinking or has outright left, but it was interesting to see in these odds no mention of Graeme Souness or David Martindale.
Muscat, clearly, is the early favourite, and there’s also no mention of Derek McInnes, thankfully, even if the former Rangers player has done a fairly good job of freeing himself of his Rangers-hating reputation gained during his Aberdeen days.
Ibrox Noise are not going to make a call – we got Michael Beale horribly wrong, and while we gently favour both Muscat and Potter, it’s a tough gig to get right. Of course, we got Giovanni van Bronckhorst completely right, the right man at the right time, horrendously treated. So we do know a Rangers manager or two.
But now, with what we need, a winner, a safe pair of hands, and someone who knows the intense pressure of Ibrox?
We aren’t really sure, of the options given.
We will say we don’t consider Marsch or Bielsa, while the Argentine won a tonne in South America and is credited with a very unique style that has been praised by greats of the game, but he’s never won anything major in Europe aside the Championship, despite managing several European clubs.
Marsh is just a no. We don’t really want managers who weren’t good enough for Leeds United. And yes, that includes Bielsa. We’re open to being persuaded though…
No, the managerial merry-go-round is back on at Ibrox.
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