Damian Comolli: This is who should have a big say in next Rangers boss
By James Black
Former Totteham and Liverpool director of football Damian Comolli insists Mark Allen must have a big say in who Rangers appoint to replace Pedro Caixinha.
Rangers sacked Caixinha on Thursday and Comolli believes the Gers need to involve their recently-appointed director of football.
Allen joined the Gers after a successful spell as the head of Manchester City’s Academy and has been getting used to life in his new role.
With the club now looking for their 17th permanent boss in 145 years, ex-Premier League supremo Comolli insists Allen needs to be involved in the recruitment process.
“Ideally if you are running a football club, you want to appoint a director of football and allow them to make the recommendation of who the manager should be,” Comolli told The Herald.
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“That way you know a director of football and a manager will be comfortable working with each other, because they more or less picked each other.
“Sometimes a director of football only deals with agents on transfers, sometimes they are there to be negotiators and pick the players, sometimes they make all the football decisions or make recommendations to the board on those football decisions.
“But part of the job remit of the director of football should always be to recommend to the board head coaches – even if some of them will have done it before and some won’t.”
Graeme Murty has been put in temporary charge of the Light Blues for the second time this year as the Rangers board look for Caixinha’s replacement.
Derek McInnes is the bookies favourite take the reigns at Ibrox and the Aberdeen boss refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with a return to Ibrox when asked at his press conference on Friday.
The Gers take on Hearts at their temporary Murrayfield base on Saturday afternoon in their first game since Caixinha’s sacking and will be looking for three points to overtake Motherwell third in the table ahead of their clash with Hibs.
In other Rangers news, Vladimir Weiss has delivered a surprise verdict on the sacking of Pedro Caixinha.