'Less attractive' - Ex-Rangers captain delivers blunt verdict on Ibrox manager job
Former Rangers captain David Weir has claimed the Gers’ manager job is not as attractive as it used to be and believe that is down to the perception of it becoming a “revolving door” for bosses.
Historically, the Gers have stuck with managers with only 14 men having held the post on a permanent basis between 1872 and 2014 however since Ally McCoist’s resignation at the tail end of 2014, there have been two permanent managers and three caretaker/interim managers – with one of those having had two stints in the job lasting almost an entire season.
With the Light Blues set to appoint yet another manager this summer, there appears to be less of a long-term focus for bosses at Ibrox now and Weir thinks that makes it “less attractive.”
“Rangers has always been one of the most attractive jobs in British football for obvious reasons – the support, the infrastructure, the chance to be successful,” Weir said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“But it has become a bit of a hotseat now, and it’s a little bit of a revolving door, which makes it less attractive.
“There will still be lots of people interested of course because there will be lots of managers who believe they could make a difference. The reality is, though, that it is maybe not as attractive as it once was.”
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The Gers made an approach to Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes last December to replace Pedro Caixinha but were turned down leading to Graeme Murty being handed the reins until the end of the season.
After looking like he had made himself impossible to ignore this summer, Murty now appears to be an outsider to land it long-term after falling 13 points behind Celtic in the league.
Football Insider verdict:
It’s hard to disagree with Weir on this one. The constant chopping and changing of managers will do nothing to help the Gers challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title. While Rangers fans have expectations of a proven winner appearing at Ibrox over the summer, the chances of that look slimmer with every day with the Light Blues more likely to have to make something of a leap in the dark with their next appointment. There’s always the problem of whether a manager should be given time before being axed or if results in the short-term are king but the Gers need to do what they can to strike a balance with any new manager likely to have to build a new team.
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