By Danny Wright
Pedro Caixinha is on course for a speedy return to management after he was sacked by Rangers last month, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that Mexican giants Pachuca have Caixinha on a three-man shortlist to replace current boss Diego Alonso, who is widely expected to be fired this week after falling out with his squad.
Pachuca are continental giants in North America and are current holders of the CONCACAF Champions League, meaning that they could come up against Real Madrid at the Club World Cup in the coming weeks.
It is understood that Rangers discard Caixinha is joined by former Mexico manager Jose Manuel de la Torre and Victor Manuel Vucetich on Pachuca’s shortlist.
Caixinha failed to make much progress in the Ibrox hotseat before he was shown the door, having overseen a 5-1 home defeat to Celtic in the Old Firm derby, a humiliating Europa League exit to Progres Niederkorn and in his penultimate game, was dumped out of the Scottish League Cup by Motherwell.
Rangers are still without a manager since Caixinha was sacked, with Graeme Murty expected to still be in caretaker charge this weekend.
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has been the strong favourite with the bookies ever since the Portuguese boss was shown the Ibrox exit.
Football Insider Verdict
From a Rangers point of view it would seem odd that Caixinha would be offered an instant return to management with one of Mexico’s biggest clubs, but he has previously had success in the Central American nation and his time in Glasgow will probably have increased his profile if anything. It seems like there is quite a volatile situation at Pachuca but that job still won’t be anywhere near as daunting as at Rangers. There will be a lot less pressure there for him going in as they currently sit 12th in the Liga MX table, so won’t be expected to win any major honours this term.