Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker thinks Graeme Murty has “absolutely no chance” of landing the Rangers job in the summer – and claimed director of football Mark Allen could be a problem when hiring a new manager.
Murty has been in charge since October following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking but has seen his chances of landing the job permanently vanish after some really poor results.
Walker isn’t sure a “manager of any substance” will want to work with a director of football when it comes to the Gers and points to Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers instead – despite Rodgers working alongside a de-facto director of football in head of recruitment Lee Congerton.
“Absolutely no chance Murty will get the Rangers job. Remember he did not go looking for this job,” Walker said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“He was put in this position due to lack of leadership at the very top of Rangers. This was a club that brought in Pedro Caixinha, a baffling decision for anyone who knew about football.
“It’s remarkable that a club like Rangers would go somewhere in the middle-east for a guy who finished mid-table and think he would be the man for Rangers to take on Celtic.
“Murty will not be the manager next season and I think the problem behind the scenes is the new manager will have to work with a director of football.
“If you are a manager of any substance, Celtic have got Brendan Rodgers for instance, are you going to work with a director of football? Are they going to work with Mark Allen who decides who comes into the team?”
The Gers still have five games remaining this season with it looking almost certain Murty will be replaced once they are completed.
The Ibrox board will be hoping this appointment is more successful than the last one as they prepare to go into their third consecutive season with a different manager.
Football Insider verdict
Andy Walker must live in a little dream world if he thinks a ‘manager of any substance’ won’t work with a director of football. The role is common at club all around the planet with Celtic having their own de-facto director of football in Lee Congerton – as well as Rodgers having previously worked under Liverpool’s contentious ‘transfer committee’. There’s a guy in England having some success working under a director of football at Man City so Walker couldn’t be further from the truth with his claim it could be a problem. The only thing Waker has managed to get right is that Murty won’t be Rangers manager next season.