Ronald Koeman is reportedly now ‘one step away’ from becoming the new manager at Glasgow Rangers.
The Lowdown: No Van Bronckhorst?
It looked like Giovanni van Bronckhorst was certain to be the successor to Steven Gerrard at Ibrox, as the latter left to go and join Aston Villa.
Who should Rangers hire?
It was reported that ‘positive talks’ were held between the Dutchman and the Glasgow club over the vacancy, but it now appears that he is merely one of three candidates still in with a chance of taking the job.
One of those other coaches could well be Koeman, who has been linked with the vacancy along with former Chelsea captain and Villa assistant manager John Terry.
The Latest: Koeman ‘one step away’
According to Fichajes, Koeman is now ‘one step away’ from signing for the Light Blues, having emerged as a serious candidate to take over from Gerrard.
The 58-year-old is reportedly the ‘main favourite’ to take charge at Ibrox, although Terry has also been named as a possible candidate to succeed his former England team-mate.
The Verdict: Avoid
After ultimately failing at Barcelona, where he was sacked last month after leaving them ninth in the La Liga table (The Guardian), Koeman should not be top of the Gers’ list to become their next manager, even if he has won nine trophies in his coaching career.
He would also not be a popular appointment with fans, who need someone to get behind straight away with an important Scottish League Cup semi-final clash against Hibernian coming up on Sunday.
Former Ibrox player Van Bronckhorst would be the ideal successor to Gerrard, given that he is loved by many Gers supporters. He also has an impressive managerial CV, guiding Feyenoord to their first Eredivisie title in 18 years back in the 2016/17 campaign (BBC), as well as winning four other major trophies with the Rotterdam club.
There is still time to bring Gio back to his old club and duly forget about any further talks with Koeman.
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