written by – John McIntosh
Before I start I would just like to say I don’t hate Ally McCoist – but I do feel that he is way out of his depth, his press comments are absolutely cringy and feel that he has been hiding his faults behind his off field influences.
No matter what, his love for Rangers is never in doubt.
He held Rangers together during one of our darkest spells and for that, I will always be eternally grateful, his legendary status will remain as a fantastic player and I doubt we will ever see a player beat his goal scoring record.
But when you assess Ally McCoist solely as a manager – he simply does not cut it and thousands of fans have simply had enough with the terrible performances on the park.
From playing with no fluidity, to playing players out of position, to the lack of youth progression, the baffling decisions on players contracts, the terrible cup results, to having no tactical nous – it just adds up to a manager that has no clue of what he is doing and this season is in danger of coming undone and we see Ally for what he is – a poor manager.
If we take a look back to this time last year – Ranger began with a League Cup loss to Forfar – afterwards McCoist came out & blamed Charles Green & his comments in the papers. That was the excuse for a dour performance – fast forward one year and Rangers lose to Hearts and who does he blame? Charles Green. Do you see a pattern emerging?
McCoist is now in his fourth season as Rangers manager & it is difficult to see any progress since the club went down to the third division? I don’t see anything to suggest Rangers have actually improved – they have signed perhaps a better class of player but most are ageing, experienced pros at the end of their careers.
Somehow McCoist actually seems to make good players worse players & very few show much progress. Is this possibly down to bad coaching? Nicky Law is a great example. He looks a shadow of his former self & his attitude towards our fans is another problem that needs addressed. It is simply not befitting a Rangers player. You wonder if McCoist had a word with him afterwards on the matter.
Additionally, there is no scouting infrastructure & not having a single scout at such massive club is a disgrace. Whether that is down to Ally or the board – it’s a shambles that needs to be addressed. I’m sure that not having a chief scout and poor player acquisitions, especially for medium to long term, was a point made in the poor 120 day report.
Ally famously said that he wishes Rangers to be like Ajax & Porto – well this is the opposite of what Ajax do. Ajax are famous for having a world class youth system, supported by top notch facilities. They funnel talented youngsters into their first team, they develop there and the ones who impress usually generate interest from some of the best clubs in Europe. Then they move on for top dollar & replaced by the next youngster in the first team.
The handling of the Charlie Telfer situation is quite embarrassing whilst simultaneously renewing Kyle Hutton and Steve Simonsen’s contracts is absolutely laughable. Rangers let a talented youngster in Telfer go because he couldn’t get a game at centre midfied ahead of dross like Hutton, Ian Black and a centre back – turned right back – turned defensive midfield Seb Faure.
So do I think Ally will leave anytime soon? No, I don’t. Largely because he is on around £500,000 a year after slashing his salary down from £850,000. (Micheal Laudrup was on £500k at Swansea, take a moment for that one to sink in…)
Another reason I doubt he will be sacked is because he provides a sideshow to mask the boardroom troubles. I’m sure they are happy for Ally to take a bit of the spotlight away from their dodgy goings on.
Who would I like in charge of Rangers Football Club? One man stands out as the clear candidate & that is Derek McInnes.
Why do I think he would be good for Rangers? He has his Aberdeen team playing some great football, playing with possession is the key for him & you can see the players love playing for him. His team has beaten Celtic a few times on a much lesser budget, lifted the League Cup – the first cup Aberdeen had won for 19 years.
Most importantly, when McInnes has made mistakes he doesn’t hide behind excuses – he comes out & admits his mistakes & why he must learn from it.
There are others who should all be considered – Uwe Rosler, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, Arthur Numan, Ronald De Boer and Stuart McCall would all be strong candidates.
No matter what – it is time for a change. A change is necessary to will allow this great club to progress, to ultimately snatch the title back from Celtic, & down the road to thrive in Europe. All of this is possible with the right manager in charge. Someone who has the long term vision to guide Rangers back to success & sadly I doubt Ally McCoist is the man for the job.