By James Black
Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has urged the Dutch FA to appoint Michel Preud’homme as their technical director before Rangers steal a march on them and lure him to Ibrox as manager.
Preud’homme is interested in taking the Ibrox role according to his agent and has also apparently been offered the Mechelen manager’s job so the Belgian isn’t short of suitors but van Gaal thinks the KNVB should move to make him their technical director after failing to qualify for next summer’s World Cup.
“I see a lot of names mentioned for the job of technical director at the KNVB – all people who have been successful as a coach abroad.,” van Gaal said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun website.
“But at the KNVB you do not buy players, so you have to train them, so you need to know how to stimulate children of six, eight or ten years to get the ultimate in a world that changes.
“Michel Preud’homme has been a manager and has experience as a coach too.
“Maybe he could the foreigner we need for the job.”
Preud’homme’s interest in the Rangers job has piqued the fans’ curioisity in the former Belgium international goalkeeper.
Derek McInnes is still the bookies’ favourite to replace Caixinha at Ibrox after the 46-year-old Portuguese was sacked last week.
Alex McLeish, David Moyes and Sam Allardyce are also in the running to become the 17th permanent manager of the Glasgow giants.
Graeme Murty is in temporary charge of the Gers for the second time on 2017 as the Rangers board look to take their time and get the right man for the job after sacking Caixinha just over seven months on from hiring him.
In other Rangers news, Vladimir Weiss has delivered a surprise verdict on the sacking of Pedro Caixinha.