Rangers caretaker manager Jimmy Nicholl has admitted he was “very disappointed” to see Graeme Murty sacked earlier this week – and revealed his gratitude to Murty bringing him back to the club in January.
The Northern Irishman will take the reins for the final three games of the season – although it remains to be seen if that will change with Steven Gerrard’s appointment as manager of if the Liverpool icon will take the reins in the summer.
Nicholl had only just been appointed assistant manager at Falkirk when the Gers asked to take him to Ibrox to work alongside Murty until the end of the season, and Nicholl admitted he “will always be grateful” to Murty for allowing him to have one more stint with the Ibrox giants after two spells at Ibrox previously.
“On Tuesday it was announced that Graeme was being relieved of his duties as manager of Rangers and, of course, I was very disappointed to see that happen,” Nicholl said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“Graeme gave me the chance to return to the club back in January and I will always be grateful to him for that opportunity.
“He is a young coach with so much knowledge and enthusiasm for the game and we all wish him well for whatever he chooses to do next.”
Football Insider verdict
There had been much rumour and innuendo among fans over whether or not Nicholl was Murty’s appointment or not and there’s a bit of hint of Nicholl saying what sounds best rather than what he means. Murty and Nicholl never really seemed to click on the touchline although it may just have been down to Murty being given as much room as possible to live and die on his own decision making. The Ulsterman might only get Saturday’s clash with Kilmarnock on Saturday in charge, depending on what happens with Steven Gerrard, but has always represented the club well. With Gerrard certain to bring his own staff in with him and Nicholl only under contract until the summer it looks as though this will be the last time around the block for the veteran. Despite things not going as well as hoped, Nicholl has always handled himself well and has come in for a little unfair criticism in some corners recently.