Ally McCoist’s resignation and Ian Cathro

Ally McCoist

written by – John McIntosh

As I am writing this I am raging at what I have just watched, Rangers have just been outplayed & outclassed by an average Queen of the South team who work very hard for each other.  Does Rangers work hard for each other?  Is there a team spirit that other Rangers teams have been famous for?

Ally McCoist is not good enough to be Rangers manager, anyone who disagrees with this is delusional.   I love Ally for what he has done for us in helping keep this club together, fighting to save our trophies & dealing with the worst conditions any Rangers manager has had to deal with in our 142 year history.

However the poor results are piling up & let’s not beat about the bush – these have been disgraceful performances.

How many times in the past three years have you come away from a game entertained?  For me I’d count it on one hand – it just hasn’t been good enough and I’m sure Ally knows this.

When Rangers went down to the fourth tier, two years ago, many fans were talking about the journey & that winning the Third Division would be stage one complete.   Results weren’t everything for me, personally I envisaged a whole new philosophy could be created.  We could learn from our past mistakes of buy, buy, buy!  Sadly this has been anything but the case.

Kenny Miller & Kris Boyd, courtesy of SNS

I wanted us to use Murray Park to it’s fullest to nurture & develop our most talented prospects.  We could have set up a team of scouts looking at bringing in talented young players with potential to develop into stars.

I am not saying use a team of teenagers, but six to seven youngsters with four or five more experienced heads is all some of the fans were asking for.  Instead we signed absolute garbage, unknown players were plucked from around the world whilst we also signed experienced pros from the SPL on very good wages with added money added on for taking the drop.

Ally’s whole philosophy has been buy, buy, & then to improve buy more whilst not trusting youngsters, which has been everything we didn’t need. McCoist missed out on Andrew Robertson while he bombed up &  down that left wing for Queens Park four times that season.  How on earth this happened is mind blowing.

Andrew Robertson, courtesy of SNS

Instead, Steven Smith was brought in.   McCoist persisted on with the completely wrong path.  A successful club at Rangers level needs to be able to develop their own youngsters & bring them into our first team while scouting young players from other clubs at reasonable prices.  It was just so obvious to everyone, except to those who mattered the most – Ally McCoist & his management team.

Charlie Telfer left this summer to join Dundee United due to a lack of first team opportunities available for him at Ibrox & he has now enjoyed six first team appearances – picking up the Scottish Premiership Young Player of the Month award.  With Rangers he wasn’t good enough to play against part timers, even after the league was already won.

Telfer’s exit was compounded by the pathetic contract renewals of Steve Simonsen & Kyle Hutton.  I really feel for the lad, he could have shone for Rangers in a dynamic 4-3-3.

Rangers actually have a lot of very talented youngsters in the U20 side – most of whom are out on loan.  I have also heard they are very unhappy with how things are progressing – with many instructing their agent to find them a new club.  This is heartbreaking as some of them would instantly improve our side.

Ally McCoist, courtesy of Reuters

Coming to the big news of the day Ally McCoist has offered his resignation.  It remains to be seen if this will be accepted by the board, due to the compensation he would be due.   However if you ever needed a result & performance to show how far away the club is  from where they should be – this was it.  There was no passion, no cohesion, a lack of a tactical plan, just punt the ball & hope, comical defending, players out of position &a  lack of youngsters given a chance.  That was Rangers Football Club on Friday night.

Some fans think that automatic promotions are all that Rangers should be looking at.  On the other hand, I expect far more…I want to be entertained.  I want to see youngsters coming through, winning cups along with the titles.  Not winning the Ramsden Cup in three attempts is hilariously awful.

Most importantly, Rangers should have been building a team that  could compete for a title challenge in our first year back.  Instead we could be 12 points behind leaders Hearts in December.

Where do we go from here?  My personal choice would be to of course accept McCoist’s resignation with immediate effect and invite applicants to go through a vetting process.

My managerial targets would be Ian Cathro, Karl Robinson, Uwe Rosler, Eddie Howe & Arthur Numan.  Cathro is my favourite choice albeit an out of the box candidate.

Ian Cathro, courtesy of Manuel Queimadelos Alonso (Getty Images)

My preference is that the next person who comes in will be coming in as a head coach with a Director of Football above him in charge of restructuring everything about the club but leaving tactics & team selection to the head coach.  This structure has been proven to work very well.

Ian Cathro is 29 years old, Scottish & an assistant coach at Valencia.  Not bad for a guy who just eight years ago was coaching kids in Dundee eh.

He also has stated a strong desire to manage & has described his current role as an apprenticeship while he looks to graduate with A grades.

When asked by Richard Winton of BBC Sport whether would he leave trips to the Bernabeu & the Nou Camp for British football in a manager role he replied, “Yes, no doubt, the two things I will need are a full pre-season to get my ideas across & to be somewhere where English is the first language.”

“I can express myself confidently in Portuguese & I’m getting better with Spanish, but if I’m going to be in charge, I need to be able to communicate properly.”

Cathro is obviously a massive fan of youth development & is regarded as the brightest young Scottish coach for a generation, for me he is the standout candidate & Rangers would do well to also hire a vastly experience Director of Football to mentor the young coach.  Mark Wotte has been the most prominent name linked to this role.

Sadly, I do not expect Rangers to look to these type of candidates or change their  approach by hiring a talented Director of Football but this is clearly the route we need to go down, our footballing philosophy must change now.

You can follow John McIntosh on Twitter @JohnMcIntosh19 & hear him on The Rangers Report Podcast – either on Podbean or through iTunes.

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28 thoughts on “Ally McCoist’s resignation and Ian Cathro

  1. I agree with everything you said,But I don’t think Ashley is going to improve the team or club,he is quite happy to give more loans,and secure more assets until all the fans waken-up to the fact we are not going forward,and totally boycott the club(sadly), then he will sell all the assets he has acquired and puts the club into Admin 2,and only then will we see some BLUE sky.

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    1. Great Article to hook the uninitiated!! RFC are nigh on Dead, monies MILLIONS (close on £100M) have disappeared and you are writing pure crap on weather McCoist is good enough!!! last equivalent to McCoist was the Patsy in the Depository. Even the dullest of RFC supporter will be asking where the money has gone! Way forward??? Bankruptcy and if I were a betting man MA has gambled £2M on that happening

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  2. like your comments , but with this board in place nothing can be done ,If we get rangers men at heart back I would have some hope .Right now I fear the worst I will always be rangers no matter what .LoL

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        1. I hear what your saying rangers men in, but I for one want the opposite time for change and get tae ffff with all the ” we need rangers men” I want all rangers men out rangers has been a clique for years and it’s time that was broken the day that ends is the day we step forward, too many pals and familiar faces we need a business man and someone in charge with a good football mind some that can take us from grass roots right through not a Dave king who replaces mccoist with another ex ger with more 9 in a row back room staff time we looked outside the bloody box

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  3. Sadly I said three years ago we didn’t play exciting football in fact we were dire to watch so if ally does go great player great ranger an thanks for holding our great club together but more should have been done for the fans that pay a lot of money to watch an support in buying merchandise seems to be everyone just wants to take of our institution .so if it’s Ashley which I hope not
    Takes the reigns don’t be ripping apart the club from the heart of which our foundation was built as which has been happening the last few months
    If we’re cost cutting get rid of a few from the boardroom who get payed for saying yes an have no feeling for such a club who will an always will be the best of Britain lets get true rangers men in an get us back playing the way we did with flair passion pride in the shirt an for the best supporters in the world an the most successful football club in the world RANGERS then RANGERS now RANGERS forever WATP

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              1. Stainsofapaedo

                Scotlands Penn State, Celtic Fiddlers Club have a shameful history, one that operation Yewtree should take an interest in, after all Jimmy Saville was a fan.

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  4. Everything you said is true we should have started the young players in the bottom leagues. We would have had a decent team ready for the premier league. But we have a manager who does not trust the young players. They have let him down badly. Will ally be going I hope so for rangers sake

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  5. The start of this article is correct but then it descends into fantasy and inaccuracy. McCoist started with both hands tied behind his back , he didn`t buy, buy , buy and after Templeton, has not bought one player and in fact could not buy anyone , even if we had the money , for a full season.He did overpay wages and bring in some duds (I`m sure not deliberately), but he had a couple of weeks to build a squad ,and as I keep saying used the youngsters that were ready.I do agree ,with no scouting system ,we should have paid more attention to people playing against us , Robertson was a miss and I liked the boy Spittal at Queens also.Even this season big Wedderburn at Cowdenbeath and Reilly at QOS look like young guys with talent and pace. As for Telfer I wonder how many of the people who rave about him actually have seen him play because if they did the crowds for the youths must have been in the thousands.Do you have real sources at Ibrox who are telling these stories about young guys of 19 wanting to leave because they are not first team regulars .There are one or two who should be in , I agree but where do they think they will go if they leave ? Your list of managerial candidates is crazy , failed managers (Rosler, Wotte,Howe)and coaches who have no experience as managers (Cathro ,Numan) .
    Rangers need a strong experienced manager to sort out the ream we have with a couple of good coaches to work with , perhaps this is where Cathro comes in.
    Its time for Ally to go and go now , if he has tendered his resignation , he should serve out his notice doing something else or be put on gardening leave, he cannot be left in charge of the team until he leaves and there should be no compensation ……that is what happens in industry.

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    1. Sorry to say mate but taken guys on freebies is still buy buy buy, wages wages wages!!!!

      Now for instance he rids of Andy Little ( not the best but did the job top scorers in previous seasons) to free upthe wages of has been Kris boyd #uking shocking decision any fan with half a brain didn’t want these players back!

      If Mccoist had trusted the under 21s to take us through an AMETURE LEAGUE 3 years ago and simply told the boys to go out there and play and share the will to win they would of won that league no problem, he would never of faced the flack he gets now defeats would have been accepted with a young squad because the fans would of rallied behind them!

      Not to mention 2nd highest wage bill in Scotland playing in decision 3 playing against a ameture sides that play football whilst we just punt the thing…what they getting paid for?

      2nd highest wage bill because all he did spend spend spend…… We should of been playing those teams off the park

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      1. I know you partly agree with what you said in your comment, but to say use youngsters that were ready? Playing for a pro club in an Amature league those young guys would have been itching to play and if a any 19/20 year old training with a pro club isn’t ready for those leagues then get rid!

        Rangers and Scotland are behind the times all over Europe kids of 17 and some as young as 16 are now blead into to the full squads Scottish football and not just rangers starve young players to death

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  6. Sorry to say mate but taken guys on freebies is still buy buy buy, wages wages wages!!!!

    Now for instance he rids of Andy Little ( not the best but did the job top scorers in previous seasons) to free upthe wages of has been Kris boyd #uking shocking decision any fan with half a brain didn’t want these players back!

    If Mccoist had trusted the under 21s to take us through an AMETURE LEAGUE 3 years ago and simply told the boys to go out there and play and share the will to win they would of won that league no problem, he would never of faced the flack he gets now defeats would have been accepted with a young squad because the fans would of rallied behind them!

    Not to mention 2nd highest wage bill in Scotland playing in decision 3 playing against a ameture sides that play football whilst we just punt the thing…what they getting paid for?

    2nd highest wage bill because all he did spend spend spend…… We should of been playing those teams off the park

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  7. But ,Buy , Buy means spending money to purchase players from other clubs,there is no other meaning,I am not defending McCoist , all I`m saying is that at the start of that season we did not have a squad to bleed young players into.We played MacLeod , Crawford , McKay ,Naismith, Mitchell,Hegarty Aird, plus Little , Perry ,Hutton ,these were what was left, the others would still be schoolboys at that time.I agree in hindsight , after that , the wrong direction has been taken re.signings (I too would have kept Little ), but I still think if we had gone completely in that direction and not got promotions the Rangers support would have been screaming that we should have signed experience.To me its what you do with the players that counts , look at Aird …..he is regressing not progressing.

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    1. Making up lies as a deflection from the horrible truth at your club, is a well known and often used tactic from Kiddyfiddler Street and the Fiddleboard. Nobody outside of the manky mob takes any notice of it, liars from cradle from grave.
      He knew, and more to the point so does everyone else.

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