The Race for the Rangers Hot Seat

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With the dismissal of Pedro Caixinha, Rangers are yet again on the hunt for a new head honcho. This next appointment will be crucial for a club with huge ambitions and an expectant fanbase. The temptation is always to go for a big name, and there are plenty of those available to the Gers but let’s have a look at the options.

David Moyes – The ex-Everton, Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland manager will be on the look-out for his next challenge. His time at Sunderland ended in less than auspicious circumstances and you feel Moyes will be looking for a club where he will be confident of rebuilding his reputation. Currently given odds of 5/1 by the football betting markets, you feel he would be the safe choice for the Gers.

David Moyes by BohemianFC (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Derek McInnes – The current Aberdeen boss deserves his chance at a big club like Rangers and there is a feeling amongst supporters that he would definitely be able to take the club to the next level. Used to working with meagre resources he turned down the chance to take over at Sunderland in the summer and subsequently signed a new one-year contract extension with the Dons that will keep him at Pittodrie until the summer of 2020. Having led Aberdeen to three straight second-place finishes, you get the feeling he could go one better with Rangers and help deliver their first Scottish title since 2011. Currently given odds of 4/7 by football betting markets, you feel he would be the popular choice (although not with Aberdeen fans) for the job.

Alan Pardew – A man that continues to divide opinion at nearly every club he has managed, Pardew would be an interesting choice for the Gers. He did really well with Newcastle, winning both the Premier League Manager of the Season and LMA Manager of the Year awards. His time with the Magpies was especially impressive when you consider the difficulties of working under Mike Ashley but his time at Palace was less successful. He started well but a terrible run in 2016 saw Palace win only six games out of 36 played during that calendar year and he was dismissed in December of that year. Currently given odds of 6/1 by football betting markets, you feel he would be a solid but unlikely appointment.

Alan Pardew by Brian Minkoff - London Pixels (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Alex Neil – Alex made his name at Hamilton Academicals after taking over as manager at the club in 2013 when he was just 31. He led the Accies back to the Scottish Premier League at the end of the season by winning the play-offs. He then started really well in 2014-15 and saw Hamilton beat Celtic for the first time in 76 years. He joined Norwich in January and won 17 of his 25 games in charge before defeating rivals Ipswich in the play-off semi-finals and Middlesbrough in the final to take Norwich into the Premier League. He couldn’t keep them up and after a disappointing start to the season back in the Championship, he was dismissed. He has re-found some of his magic since replacing Simon Grayson at Preston North End and is currently given odds of 25/1 by football betting markets. You feel that he has all the talent required to be successful but would definitely be an outsider’s choice.

Michel Preud’homme – a former Belgian international goalkeeper, Preud’homme won the Yashin award at the 1994 World Cup. He would be an off the wall choice for the Gers but has won the Belgium top division with both Standard Liège and Club Brugge as well as finishing runners-up with Gent, which clearly shows his credentials. Currently given odds of 10/1 he would be an interesting choice for the Gers.

Other managers in the running are Stuart McCall at 25/1, Alex McLeish and Steven McClaren are at 8/1 with Dick Advocaat at 16/1. Whoever takes the reigns will have a great chance to bring both themselves and the club some high profile success and bring a smile back to the blue half of Glasgow once more.

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