Rangers supporters have been slightly more upbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side get back to winning ways at Hearts on Saturday, in what was the first match of the post-Pedro Caixinha era.
The Portuguese was relieved of his duties last week after overseeing an underwhelming start to the campaign, which also included an embarrassing Europa League defeat to Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn back in August. Yet interim manager Graeme Murty led the side at Hampden Park on Saturday and thus helped inspire a much-needed 3-1 victory for the Gers, with a brace from Kenny Miller and a Josh Windass strike securing the three points for the Scottish giants, albeit they remain fourth in the Scottish Premiership table after Hibernian beat Motherwell later that day.
Nonetheless, there was certainly positive signs and thus positive vibes coming from our resident Rangers fans over the weekend, but this week has been dominated by managerial speculation, which appears to have intensified if a recent report from BBC Scotland is anything to go by.
And that’s because there may be some potentially significant developments to follow as the report includes some intriguing quotes from Peter Grant, who was an assistant to former Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew, a potential target of Rangers for the managerial post.
The 56-year-old has been out of work since losing his job at Selhurst Park back in December 2016, but has been linked with the vacant role at Ibrox in recent times, and is one of the bookies’ favourites to replace Caixinha in the Gers hotseat.
And Grant, who worked with Pardew at Reading and West Ham earlier in his career, has added further fuel to the fire by admitting that the Englishman would be interested in the job.
When asked whether Pardew would consider the role, he said: ‘Absolutely, I think he would.
‘He was a very good man-manager, very diligent, up to date with sports science. He earned respect, then Newcastle finished fifth in the Premier League, under severe pressure.
‘He’s got the skin of a rhino and you need that to be the manager of Celtic or Rangers.’
Thus, this could be a potentially significant development in Rangers’ pursuit of Caixinha’s successor, and these comments are sure to intrigue our resident Gers supporters as although Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes remains the bookmakers’ favourite for the job, it seems that Pardew would certainly be open to making the move north of the border to resurrect his managerial career.
Landlord’s verdict: Alan Pardew has been out of work since losing his job at Crystal Palace back in December 2016, but has an impressive CV which may well interest the Rangers hierarchy.
The Englishman has enjoyed success at Reading, West Ham, Southampton and Newcastle United during his management career, earning rave reviews along the way for his managerial style, most notably from former assistant Peter Grant.
And the man himself reckons that Pardew would be interested in the Rangers job were the Scottish giants interested in speaking to the 56-year-old, and given his success at another big club in Newcastle, he could be exactly what the Gers need to improve upon recent results and ultimately bridge the gap to rivals Celtic.
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