Rangers receive huge boost in pursuit of new manager, price cut almost 50% - report
By James Black
Rangers have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Derek McInnes with the Gers having to stump up only £800,000 instead of £1.5million, according to a report.
According to the Daily Record, previous reports of a £1.5million release clause were incorrect and McInnes – and assistant Tony Docherty – will be available for a cut-price figure that is almost 50 per cent lower.
McInnes signed a new contract at Pittodrie after deciding against taking the Sunderland job over the summer and it’s reported that the Rangers will only need to match the fee agreed by the Black Cats if they decide to make an approach for McInnes.
The 46-year-old is the bookies’ favourite to replace Pedro Caixinha after he was sacked eight days ago by the Gers.
The Ibrox giants felt a change of manager was required after slipping to fourth in the Scottish Premiership and suffering a series of humiliating results since taking charge in March.
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McInnes has taken the Dons to three consecutive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership – behind Celtic – and led the Pittodrie side to their first trophy in two decades when he won the Scottish League Cup in 2015.
Rangers have yet to make a formal approach for McInnes with director of football Mark Allen taking his time to draw up a list of candidates to be the seventeenth permanent manager in the club’s 145-year history.
In other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.