By Danny Wright

3rd Dec, 2017 | 9:14am

Talks underway: Manager closes on job at top-flight club after Rangers interest - reports

Former Australia manager Ange Postecoglou is closing in on returning to management with J-League side Yokohama F Marinos, according to a report.

The Sydney Morning Herald claims that talks have been underway between Postecoglou and the Japanese top-flight side even though ESPN has previously reported that the 52-year-old is keen on filling the vacancy at Rangers.

It was understood that Postecoglou was looking to return to club management for the first time since 2013 after four years in charge of the Australia national team and had set his eyes on being Pedro Caixinha’s successor at Ibrox.

However it is now believed that the former Melbourne Victory boss is on his way to Yokohama to replace Erick Mombaerts.

It seems that Rangers wouldn’t have been too keen on Postecoglou anyway after chairman Dave King announced earlier this week that he wanted to bring in a manager who has experience of British and Scottish football – something which the Australian doesn’t possess.

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Although Postecoglou was interested in the Ibrox job, it doesn’t seem that he was ever really in contention from the board. It’s been a long, drawn-out process in finding the successor to Caixinha, who was sacked in October, over six weeks ago. Derek McInnes is still widely linked with the role with his odds continuously shortening as the days go by. It may only be a matter of time now before the Light Blues finally jump into action. As with Postecoglou, he will taking a tough job at Yokohama. Japan is a very different place to manage from what he has been used to. They finished fifth in the J-League this season and expectations will no doubt be high next year once they get up and running again.

In other Rangers news, the Light Blues will make an approach for this manager on Sunday and hope to appoint him within days.

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