By Danny Wright
BBC Sport pundit Tam McManus has cranked up the pressure on the Rangers board to bring to an end their hunt for a new manager.
McManus has now admitted that he is worried that the Light Blues will miss out on their reported number one target, Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes, as the Ibrox club don’t appear to have the funds to release him from his contract at Pittodrie.
Rangers have been searching for almost four weeks to find a new manager after Pedro Caixinha was sacked in October.
The Scottish Sun has reported that McInnes, 46, is the top target for the Gers but there are now worries that they will miss out on him after the Express and Star claimed that the former St Johnstone boss is keen to enter talks with Premier League side West Brom after they sacked Tony Pulis on Monday.
After that huge development in now what seems to be a never-ending manager saga, many thought that Rangers would be missing out on the Pittodrie boss, but although McManus doesn’t believe that will be the case, he has issued a damning verdict on the Glasgow club’s search for Caixinha’s successor.
“Don’t think there’s any chance at all that Derek McInnes gets an English Premiership job Graham,” said the BBC Sport pundit in response to another tweet on his personal Twitter account on Monday.
“Not even a consideration for me. Foreign owners at WBA will no doubt bring in a big name plus looks increasingly like Rangers simply can’t afford to bring DMc in. Heat on board now.”
Don’t think there’s any chance at all that Derek McInnes gets an English Premiership job Graham. Not even a consideration for me. Foreign owners at WBA will no doubt bring in a big name plus looks increasingly like Rangers simply can’t afford to bring DMc in. Heat on board now. https://t.co/Ca9jGEC0aJ
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) November 20, 2017
Rangers are in real danger of missing a trick here. If West Brom bin Tony Pulis then they will surely consider Derek McInnes, their former player and captain, as his replacement. Weeks and weeks of Ibrox dithering and incompetence… pic.twitter.com/LOeQQASYaF
— Graham Spiers (@GrahamSpiers) November 20, 2017
The Daily Record has reported that it would cost Rangers £800,000 in compensation to land McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty, but it seems that sum is too much of a stretch for Dave King.
In other Rangers news, a chairman has finally spoken out about the Gers’ link to this manager.