Billy Davies makes stunning accusation about why he failed to get Rangers manager job
By James Black
Billy Davies has claimed a smear campaign against him stopped him from being appointed Rangers boss in 2014 with the Gers appointed Mark Warburton instead.
In a bizarre interview with The Times, Davies, who was heavily linked with the post after the resignation of Ally McCoist, has stunningly accused an unnamed PR firm with spreading rumours to minimise his chances of finding a new job after leaving Forest.
“In December 2014 some people were touting me for the Rangers job, so what they did was, they hit the Rangers forums, and they wrote nasty things about me there,” he said.
“My agent was told by a Rangers board member that the reason why Rangers did not come and get me, was because of these accusations.
“Then you get these ex-pros coming along and saying, ‘Don’t touch Billy Davies, it must be terrible working with Davies.’ Look, I know these people aren’t just writing these things off their own back.
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“We knew what was going on, I’ve been showing this to my legal people. I’ve been gathering all this (evidence) for three years now, I know what’s been happening.”
Davies had spells with Nottingham Forest, Derby, Motherwell and Preston North End but has been out of the game after being sacked by Forest for a second time and was recently interviewed for the Hearts job before launching a scathing attack on the Jambos management structure.
During his second spell at Forest, Davies banned several journalists and media outlets he accused of working to force him out at the City Ground before being sacked after an eight-game winless streak that saw Forest drop out of the Championship playoff places.
Davies has spent three years pursuing a legal case against Forest after his sacking and has collected data that he says proves he is innocent of any wrongdoing and which provides evidence of a smear campaign.
Davies being Davies meant that any interview wouldn’t be short of some braggadocio, telling The Times’ Graham Speirs: “I know where I belong in the game, I know where I should be managing.
“No smear campaign, lies, maliciousness — whatever you want to call it — will drive me down to a lower level of football.
“I will not jump back in to a St Mirren, a Dundee United, a Hearts, with all due respect to these clubs. I know I am a very good football manager. I will not jump back into football and take a job that is beneath me.
“I know I am a very good football manager and I will not jump back into football and take a job that is beneath me.”
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