'Difficult to turn it down' - 42-year-old makes revelation over Rangers manager job
By James Black
Rangers interim manager Graeme Murty has revealed he would find it “difficult” to turn down the managers job at Ibrox if he was offered it on a permanent basis.
The 42-year-old was put in temporary charge after the Ibrox giants sacked Pedro Caixinha on Thursday and guided the Gers to a 3-1 win over Hearts at Murrayfield on Saturday, but has now revealed that he didn’t move to Scotland to become the first-team manager at Ibrox.
The Rangers Under-20’s boss also took charge of the side in early 2017 after Mark Warburton’s resignation before being handed the reins again after Caixinha’s seven-month-long leadership came to an end.
Murty has enjoyed a growing reputation as a coach and has impressed since taking over the Development Squad at Ibrox.
He is among the bookies’ favourites to replace Caixinha and has admitted that it would be something he’d be interested in doing.
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“I would find it difficult to turn it down, but I didn’t come north of the border to become Rangers manager,” Murty said, as quoted by STV’s website.
“I came to further my career and concentrate on being excellent and improving every day and where I end up will be a consequence of my personal standards on a day-to-day basis.”
Murty joined Rangers from Norwich, where he had been Under-18’s coach, in 2016 and has worked closely with Warburton and Caixinha as the club look to improve their youth development programme.
This season the club’s Under-20’s have embarked on an ambitious “Academy Games” programme with Murty’s squad facing elite youth sides from across England and Europe.
Murty had been preparing to take on Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool Under-18’s on Friday night in the latest fixture in the “Academy Games” programme before being parachuted in to take interim charge of the first-team squad.
In other Rangers news, Vladimir Weiss has delivered a surprise verdict on the sacking of Pedro Caixinha.