Rangers supporters have been getting increasingly restless in the Transfer Tavern in recent times as their club’s search for a new manager threatens to enter a second month, yet it seemingly no clearer as to who will take over at Ibrox.
Pedro Caixinha was relieved of his duties as Gers boss back on October 26 after overseeing a sluggish start to the season, which included a humiliating defeat to Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn in the Europa League. And since then Graeme Murty has been tasked with looking after the side as the Scottish giants look for a long-term replacement, and the former Reading and Southampton defender has led the side to two wins from three games, although their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Hamilton last time out has somewhat tarnished his fine work.
Thus, many of our resident Gers fans have been left scratching their head as to who will indeed take over their club, with Murty once again set to take charge for tonight’s trip to Dundee in the Scottish Premiership.
But, ultimately, it is looking more and more likely that the 43-year-old will get the permanent role, with it clear that the Rangers board are struggling to land managerial targets.
It has been just under a month since Caixinha was sacked as boss, but in truth it was an inevitability given that he oversaw an embarrassing Europa League defeat, and failed to bridge the gap between them and leaders Celtic – they finished 39 points behind the Bhoys in the table last term.
So it was always likely that the Portuguese would lose his job given the minimal progress he made, but given that their search is set to go into a second month, it wouldn’t appear as though they overly well prepared.
It’s unlikely to be a case of struggling to attract managers to Ibrox – after all it is a huge club and would surely represent a great challenge for many a boss – but perhaps more a financial restraint to bring a high-profile name to the club. If Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was going to take over, he surely would have done by now. And the same can probably be said for other targets.
And that’s why it is looking increasingly likely as time goes on that Murty will be given the role, perhaps until the summer where they can revaluate their options.
But the former defender wouldn’t be a bad appointment given that he has been working at Ibrox since August of last year, and has twice proven his capabilities of steadying the ship, having also stepped in as caretaker back in February following Mark Warburton’s departure.
Ultimately, greater uncertainty off the field isn’t likely to help matters on the field, so with it looking like they are going to miss out on top targets, especially now McInnes has confirmed that he is not interested in the role, all signs are pointing to Murty getting the role on a permanent basis.
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