On October 26 2017, Rangers severed ties with Portuguese manager, Pedro Caixinha after a terrible tenure with the club.
Caixinha took over at the club in March of that year and in fairness didn’t have a bad finish to the season. He won six of their final 11 games but unfortunately did lose twice to the club’s arch-rivals Celtic.
To add even more pressure to Caixinha’s reign at the club, he was following on from Mark Warburton’s spell at Rangers. The English manager led the Gers to a league and cup double in the Scottish Championship in his first season at the club. In his second season at the club, Warburton was sacked as Rangers fell behind in the title race and therefore, Caixinha was under immense pressure to try and bring some success back to Rangers.
Here’s what the fans said on his departure…
Bring back walter smith
— Aaron (@AaronKendall6) October 26, 2017
Thanks for the memories legend of the banter years
— Conor Kelly (@ConorKelly_1) October 26, 2017
— David Nimmo (@Nimsay1872) October 26, 2017
— Sarge (Colin Wilson) (@sargey14) October 26, 2017
Should never have been appointed in the first place!
— Dayle (@DayleBarron) October 26, 2017
His time was up when we lost to Progres Some signings were just poor who don't understand the Scottish game & what it means to play for Gers
— Stevie T (@daily_ranger) October 26, 2017
Get a proven manager in this time nae experiments
— Owen Rankin (@owenrankin72) October 26, 2017
Taking one of the biggest jobs in British football, the Portuguese manager was under immense expectation going into his second season at the club and it began to show immediately. Rangers failed to qualify for the Europa League after losing to Luxembourg side FC Progres Niederkorn, in what was one of their worst losses in recent memory.
The season before, Rangers had registered their worst ever home loss to Celtic and loss to their arch-rivals once again in Caixinha’s final season. At the time of his sacking, the Ibrox side sat eight points behind league leaders Celtic after 10 games. Following their draw with Kilmarnock, the board finally got rid of Caixinha after a terrible spell as Rangers boss.
Overall, he managed to win 14 of his 26 games in charge and became the club’s shortest-serving manager in their history. The 11 new signings didn’t help matters at the club and it remains to be seen why the club even chose to appoint him in the first place. He didn’t have a great track record and seemed to be better at talking off the pitch than producing results on it.