Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been constantly discussing who their new manager might be in the past few weeks, what with it now over three weeks since the club parted with boss Pedro Caixinha after a sluggish start to the season.
The Portuguese took over at Ibrox back in March but did little to bridge the gap between themselves and rivals Celtic, with the Gers eventually finishing last season 39 points adrift of Brendan Rodgers’ men in the Scottish Premiership table. And the 47-year-old made a poor start to this campaign by losing to Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn in the Europa League, and he was eventually relieved of his duties on October 26, just a day after his Rangers side drew 1-1 at home to Kilmarnock to fall eight points behind Rodgers’ Celtic in the league table.
And although caretaker boss Graeme Murty has overseen two wins in two games since filling in, several of our resident Gers fans are becoming increasingly restless over the time it’s taking for the Rangers board to bring in a permanent manager, despite several names being linked to the post.
And another man has put himself in the frame for the vacant position at Ibrox in recent times, namely that of former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet.
The 50-year-old has been out of work since leaving his post at Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua back in September, but has recently admitted that he would be interested in taking over at Rangers were he offered the role.
But the Rangers hierarchy should think twice about appointing the former Brighton and Sunderland boss, as he has done little in recent years to suggest that he is the right man to bridge the gap to the dominant force that are Celtic.
Ultimately, the Uruguayan deserves great credit for his stint in charge of Brighton between 2009 and 2013, in which he helped win them promotion to the Championship in 2011, and then reach the second tier play-offs just two years later.
A decent first season at Sunderland, in which he kept the club up despite them being seven points adrift as late as April 7, should also be noted, but things since then haven’t gone to plan for Poyet, hence he had to go to China in a bid to resurrect his managerial career.
He lasted just seven months at AEK Athens before losing his job, and then went to Real Betis in May 2016, before being relieved of his duties just six months later after winning only three of his 11 games in charge.
And taking a side that finished fourth in the Chinese Super League in 2016 to 11th in 2017 is hardly the sort of success the Rangers board will have in mind when seeking their new manager.
Ultimately, the Uruguayan hasn’t proven to be a success in the long-term, and after the shambles of Caixinha’s reign, the Gers will surely want someone in for a few years to stabilise the club, but also bring results and see progress in their battle to bridge the gap to Celtic. And there have to be doubts over whether Poyet could do that.
Reasonable success at Brighton and Sunderland should be noted, but this is a different test, as Caixinha found to his troubles in the early stages of his tenure.
The passion and drive is definitely there, but whether the 50-year-old has the tactical nous and overall ability to build a club back up to where it needs to be and indeed the fans demand is hugely questionable.
As such, they should think twice about moving for Poyet in the near future.
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