Showing posts with label Alex McLeish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alex McLeish. Show all posts

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Management race; Rangers on verge of having new favourite

As with recent momentum, having at one point being 1/7 for Rangers manager, as we suggested in recent days, Derek McInnes has now slipped wildly back to 6/4 to enter into odds against while ex-Rangers manager Alex McLeish has now entered serious territory with only a fraction longer than the Aberdeen chief, at 7/4.

As we brought you recently, the increased support for McLeish has materialised significantly over the past few days, and while many fans would be happy with this appointment, some would not.

This managerial race has been blown wide open and we are starting to get more than a touch concerned at the lack of apparent strategy shown by the board.

In short, their silence on this topic apart from one incredibly vague statement has been conspicuous, and we have noticed more than a few rumblings of discontent among the fanbase over their recent actions and indeed general running of the club.

Meanwhile McInnes’ case to become Rangers manager took yet another dent yesterday with a poor result at Pittodrie against his increasing nemesis Motherwell and the ex-St Johnstone boss reportedly sideswerved the post-match media duties entirely.

The top four candidates (at the time of writing) remain:

McInnes (6/4), McLeish (7/4), Murty (11/2), Frank de Boer (8/1)

It is anyone’s guess.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Rangers legend: "Rangers were never serious about me"

Alex McLeish has confirmed tonight that talks with the Rangers board never went beyond the ‘casual’ stage.

Speaking about his return to Ibrox as manager following the departure of Mark Warburton, Big Eck has suggested that the board were never serious about his appointment and that while he made himself available for further talks, Stewart Robertson et al were not interested in following up on him.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

"Real Rangers Men"

“Real Rangers Men”

“Real Rangers Man”

Over the past few weeks, these phrases have reappeared in Rangers’ fans’ lexicons, to describe the hope that the new manager would be a Bluenose himself, someone who already knew Rangers inside out and knew what managing the team truly meant.

When that did not happen, and instead we received an untried and relative newcomer to British football in Pedro Caixinha, the Portuguese manager himself vaunted the serious notion of bringing in his own ‘local assistant’ as he called it; A Rangers man, effectively, an ex-player or manager who could guide him through the nuances and idiosyncrasies of being Rangers, and what it meant.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Sky Sources: "Rangers HAVE spoken to this manager"

Sky Sources have tonight confirmed that Rangers have now spoken to Alex McLeish regarding the vacant managerial position, and are seeking to speak to Al-Gharafa’s Pedro Caixinha imminently.

With the managerial slot a massive subject of contention in recent weeks since the departure of Mark Warburton, numerous names have been linked, and indeed placed as favourites, with McLeish, Caixinha, Norwich’s Alex Neil and now-available Barry Ferguson all heading the field at various times.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

46-year old Portuguese installed as new favourite for Rangers job

Portuguese Pedro Caixinha has sprung from nowhere to be the current favourite to take the managerial reins at Ibrox. Following former Hamilton boss and now Norwich manager Alex Neil’s surge to the top spot earlier today, the ex-Nacional coach has now taken joint top place alongside the previous joint favourite Alex McLeish, with Neil dropping slightly out of favour into third.

The 46 year old, who has mostly been an assistant coach over his 15 year-stint in the senior game, has top grade experience at the likes of Panathinaikos and Sporting Clube de Portugal (or Sporting Lisbon as they are commonly known).

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sky Sources: "no contact with this 58 year old for manager vacancy"

Sky Sources have today confirmed Rangers have made no contact whatsoever with former manager Alex McLeish regarding the vacancy at Ibrox.

With interviews reported as taking place this week, there is said to have been zero interest in appointing the ex-Aberdeen, Hibs, and Rangers man who confirmed on Sky Sports last weekend week that he was interested in the job and it would be too hard to turn down.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Vote: Murty till the end of the season?

As time goes on, with every passing day that either Rangers do not make announcements regarding a new manager or the press adds a new name to the growing list, it starts to emerge slowly that the board are very seriously considering the possibility of leaving the first team in the hands of U20s coach Graeme Murty till the end of the season.

With no one outstanding candidate emerging within Rangers’ price range, the predictable selection of contenders has yielded few truly universally accepted names, with the Alex McLeishes, Tommy Wrights, Derek McInneses and Kevin Muscats dividing Rangers fans significantly.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Will Alex McLeish be a success at Ibrox?

The potential appointment of Alex McLeish has thrown up some debate among Rangers fans, with a significant portion expressing major reservations that he is the right man to bring the Ibrox side out of their current malaise back into something resembling the proper SPL Rangers we expect them to be.

Indeed, in yesterday’s piece, the argument was made that overnight success as a result of his appointment is extremely unlikely, and as such the man deserves a little leeway, itself a rare commodity with Rangers supporters.

But why will McLeish be successful this time, in a wildly different Rangers climate to that of nearly two decades ago (count ‘em), especially in light of the near-certain absence of financial backing that would assist his endeavours a great deal?

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Reprogramming the Rangers

If today’s hard-fought victory over stubborn Morton taught us anything, it is that it will take a fair while for any new manager, likely Alex McLeish, to imprint their philosophies on a squad which has been borderline programmed into playing the way it does.

The majority of this squad has known nothing but Warburton’s generally impotent 4-3-3 tiki-tika for the past 20 months, and that psychologically has been completely imprinted onto the players’ DNA in a way today’s win demonstrated.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

POLL: Who would you replace Mark Warburton with?

The candidates to replace Mark Warburton are coming in thick and fast, so with tonight’s confirmation that he will no longer manage the Famous (with the latest that he is apparently consulting his legal team), who do you want to see replace him?

For now, the best of luck to Graeme Murty who will take the side for the cup on Sunday v Morton, but it is unlikely to be a permanent appointment. But if he does well, who knows? But we throw it over to you guys; who do you want as long-term manager for the next two years minimum?

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Is Warbs the most trustworthy manager in Rangers' history?

There can be no questioning the true greats of Rangers’ past – the William Struths, the Walter Smiths, the Wallaces, Waddells, even the Dick Advocaats of this world wrote themselves into the Club’s history as truly epitomising what Rangers stand for and emphasising its visions and drive.

However, whether it is due to what fans have suffered in the past three years skewing judgement or otherwise, there is an implicit level of trust being aimed at Mark Warburton I can rarely ascribe to any other era in my lifetime.

Most fans of a certain vintage can remember questioning all managers, from Alex McLeish, to Le Guen, to the older generation such as Souness, Smith and Advocaat – for as well as some of them did, and as badly as others did, fans often raised eyebrows regardless.