By Danny Wright
Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is interested in becoming the next Rangers boss, according to a report.
The Herald claims that ex-Uruguay international Poyet, 49, has expressed his interest in replacing Pedro Caixinha at the Ibrox helm and has had his name put forward to director of football Mark Allen.
Poyet has been out of work for six weeks having recently quit ultra-rich Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenua, who boast stars such as Carlos Teves, Fredy Guarin and Obafemi Martins as being on their payroll.
It is understood that the South American manager is now waiting to hear if Rangers will see him as being in contention to be the 17th permanent boss in the Glasgow club’s history.
Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes is believed to be the frontrunner in the race for the Ibrox reins, while Alex McLeish and Alan Pardew are also said to be in contention by the Herald.
Poyet has had varying degrees of success in his management career, spending four years with Brighton where he won the League One title in 2010/11 before leading Sunderland to the 2013/14 League cup final.
Football Insider Verdict
Poyet is a decent manager and perhaps didn’t get a fair rub of the green in England. A poor spell in China is perhaps something that has held him back slightly but a return to British football is inevitable for the ex-Chelsea player. Rangers really need someone who knows what it is like to be part of Ibrox and that is obviously something Poyet will not bring to the table. But what he will bring is the ability to work with some of the players that Caixinha brought in over the summer like Alfredo Morelos and Carlos Pena due to his South American roots. It will be interesting to see what happens to the Gers’ Mexican contingent when a new manager comes in.