'Absolute farce' - Rangers fans fume at potentially shock move for Murty after sack
Rangers have confirmed that Graeme Murty has been “relieved” of his duties as first-team manager in a statement released on Tuesday morning – but fans are incredulous that it appears he could make a shock return to his previous role as under-20s head coach.
The Gers statement, released on their official website, confirms that Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson will take charge of the side for the remaining three games of the season while Murty weighs up his options – including a surprise step back into the club’s Academy.
Fans on Twitter think a clean break would be best for both sides – with one saying it was “time for him to move on.”
Here are some of the best comments from the Light Blues faithful:
Don't want Murty back in the academy. They also improved without him.
Better off if he just goes fully, relationship with the fans tainted after his old firm prematch comments.
— Ibrox Loyal (@IL_Official) May 1, 2018
So despite showing himself to be completely incapable of picking a team, making substitutions and inspiring his players…Murty has been offered a role back in the Rangers Academy.
— Beattie (@michaelbeattie_) May 1, 2018
The academy has progressed since murty took on first team duties.. I think it’s time for him to move on from the club and find another job.
— Jordan (@JRS_1872) May 1, 2018
The fact Murty has been offered his Academy job back is a disgrace. Nothing against Murty but Billy Kirkwood has got that team strolling through some of Europe's best academy sides. The performance down at Leicester was outstanding same against Munich. Billy has earned that job.
— TheBrownShoesOfIbrox (@TheBrownShoes72) May 1, 2018
There’s simply no way Murty can be allowed to return to the academy.
— Lee (@bowyer___) May 1, 2018
Murty would be a fool to take back the academy post after the way the Board have treated him.
— Craig McGill ???????????????????????????? (@MrCraigMcGill) May 1, 2018
Absolute farce if Murty goes back to the Academy Role. Just get him out entirely
— Scotty (@ScottyRFC) May 1, 2018
The 43-year-old joined the Light Blues Academy from Norwich City in August 2016 before stepping up for the first of two stints in charge of the senior side in February 2016.
After returning to the Academy the following month when Pedro Caixinha was appointed, Murty again stepped up in October last year when Caixinha was sacked.
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Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing by bitter rivals appears to have been the final straw for the Gers board who have now made the decision to change things up for the final weeks of the season as the Gers try to secure second in the Scottish Premiership.