Philippe Clement has interestingly slightly contradicted Graeme Souness’ comments about the ex-Rangers manager’s choice of manager, whereby Souness himself said he would have chosen Frank Lampard.
In a mildly confusing exchange with Mark Benstead, Rangers’ boss was asked how he felt hearing Souness hadn’t strictly picked him, and his response was understandably frosty:
Admittedly this doesn’t make a LOT of sense, and there’s possibly a mild language barrier getting in the way where Clement doesn’t quite grasp the question, but equally he could be using that barrier to his advantage and avoiding the topic a little bit, which we wouldn’t blame him for.
Souness was clear that he did have Lampard as his first choice, and Clement now knows that and will be working with Souness in the future assuming the return is rubber stamped.
We’re not quite sure what to make of PC’s comments here, they could be as much translated to ‘I don’t care’ as much as anything else.
The fact is Souness expressed his opinion on the radio, and explained the board had overruled him, which probably wasn’t the wisest comment to come out with really given his impending return as a consultant to the club.
It sort of brings into question his credentials for wisdom that he not only wanted Lampard as his first choice, but said this stuff publicly and rather undermined the new manager in doing so.
Sure, he was praising of Clement as well, but admitted Lampard was his preference. PC put on the spot about this handled it well, but we do wonder about the whole thing.