Confirmed: Top-flight title winner in talks for Rangers manager job after offer made
By James Black
Former Club Brugge manager Michel Preud’Homme wants to replace Pedro Caixinha as Rangers manager and has held talks with chairman Dave King, according to his agent.
The 58-year-old has been offered the manager’s job at KV Mechelen in Belgium but agent Ugi Canturk claims that Preud’Homme is prepared to wait and find out if the Rangers board want him at Ibrox before making a decision.
The former Belgium goalkeeper has an impressive CV after guiding Standard Liege and Club Brugge to Belgian titles while also going on to lift cups with Brugge, Gent and Dutch side FC Twente.
Preud’Homme has also been named the Belgian Manager of the Year on three occassions.
Preud’Homme’s agent has claimed the Gers are aware of the 58-year-old’s interest in taking over from Caixinha – who was sacked by Rangers on Thusday -as the Ibrox giants look for their 17th permanent manager.
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“We’ve had a nice conversation with Rangers and everything is open,” Canturk said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.
“Michel has been offered a job at Mechelen but that is on hold.
“We have said that as long as there is no decision yet from Rangers, we don’t want to block ourselves.
“Michel is honoured that Rangers would consider him.”
Preud’Homme has had two spells in charge of Standard Liege – sandwiching stints as Benfica and Standard’s technical director – before moving to Gent in 2008.
After two years at Gent, the 58-times capped Belgian replaced Steve McLaren at Twente – where he lost the Dutch title in a last-day shoot-out with Ajax – before moving on to take charge at Al-Shabab in Saudia Arabia.
After less than a year with Al-Shabab, Club Brugge came calling and Preud’Homme returned to Belgium.
Preud’Homme left Brugge in May.
Football Insider verdict:
Preud’Homme has exactly the sort of track-record Rangers fans have been screaming out for and it would be stupid of the Rangers board not to at least explore what Preud’Homme offers. While many are already set on Derek McInnes replacing Caixinha, Preud’Homme throwing his name into the hat opens up the race to take the Ibrox hotseat. The Gers are in no rush to replace Caixinha and must take as much time as is necessary to pick the right man for the job.
In other Rangers news, Vladimir Weiss has delivered a surprise verdict on the sacking of Pedro Caixinha.