Forget Caixinha: Three reasons why Rangers must avoid appointing the Portugese
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Rangers appear to be closing in on the appointment of a new director of football at Ibrox, and a manager is soon to follow.
STV claim Pedro Caixinha, 46, is the preferred choice for Rangers to succeed the dismissed Mark Warburton in the Ibrox hotseat, but the potential appointment comes with a host of problems.
Football Insider reveals three reasons why Rangers should avoid making Caixinha their new manager.
Entering untested waters
The main issue for Rangers if they choose to appoint Caixinha is his lack of experience in a similar league. The Portuguese has managed clubs in Mexico, Qatar and in his homeland, but has yet to really experience the European stage to a significant extent.
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For a manager to come in and lift Rangers from their current slump, and make the progression expected of them by the board, it would be of great benefit to have already tried and tested their skills in the Scottish league.
Caixinha has no such experience. Warburton arrived at Ibrox on the back of great success with Brentford in the English football league, but even his work in the Championship could not prepare him well enough for the job at hand.
A number of ex-Rangers figures have been linked with the vacant managerial post since Warburton’s dismissal, and a home-grown approach is arguably the best way forward for the club.
Appointing Caixinha could see Rangers fall down the same path as previous under Warburton, and would be a waste of precious time.
Too big for his boots
Another of the main criticisms of Warburton was that he failed under the weight of a club as reputable as Rangers.
Caixinha doesn’t appear to have that experience documented on his CV. The Rangers job is huge, no matter what is currently going on at the club.
To be able to lead Rangers to success, you need to be an excellent manager in your own right. Caixinha may well have impressed the club hierarchy with his ideas and knowledge, but he doesn’t have the previous managerial experience of leading a club as big as Rangers.
Therefore, he may not be best equipped. It is a massive club, with a massive support, and to be able to lay down a successful legacy at Ibrox, you need to be up to the task.
There is that worry that he, like Warburton, will be entering a job that is too big for his boots. Of course it doesn’t help that his potential first game in charge could be against Celtic, either.
The Rangers fans have heard of Alex McLeish. They’ve heard of Billy Davies. But Pedro Caixinha?
They won’t know what to expect of him, and is likely to raise doubts even before his potential appointment.
The fans have stuck by their club through thick and thin, watching them work their way back up through the ranks in recent years to regain their place in the top-tier.
Now they want to see their side make the step up to the next level, and re-establish themselves among Scotland’s elite and rival Celtic for domestic glory.
But their faith is set to be placed in a man few will have even heard of until the reports first emerged of Rangers’ interest.
Even now, with the club reportedly making progress towards the appointment, the extent of their knowledge won’t have improved.
They will have to back him if an appointment is made, but the jury is already out on Caixinha, and he will have a lot of work to do to win them over.