written by: Cameron Scrimgeour
It has been reported in the media that Ally McCoist will come face to face with the Rangers board members to discuss his future on Wednesday. They will be looking to come to a decision on Ally’s position at the club after he offered them his resignation and a 12 month period of notice on Friday.
Let’s look at what I see as the possible outcomes of this meeting and where it could leave the club.
Option 1 – An agreement is reached and Ally leaves his role
This would probably be the most desirable outcome for the vast majority of fans, but finding any spare cash in the clubs accounts to pay a settlement may be hard to find. Ally certainly doesn’t appear to be interested in leaving with nothing. If he was then I don’t see why he would still be turning up to training at Murray Park this morning.
Many fans will be sick at the thought of a club icon asking for more money when we are all fully aware that the club is in a terrible position financially. However, if such a payoff is specified in his contract then he has every legal right to claim it.
Worrying reports have surfaced of a Newcastle deal for Lewis Macleod becoming a means of bringing in cash to pay Ally off. It appears an Ibrox ‘Fire Sale’ is being predicted by many in January so Macleod may be sold anyway, but just so the club can pay off McCoist would be a horrible way to go for the player.
Option 2 – Ally stays and works his notice
Whether this would be until the end of the season or for a full 12 months is anyone’s guess. Regardless, it would be an unmitigated disaster.
Given the level of performances and results with Ally fully committed to the job, one shudders at the thought them with a manager who openly admits he wants out.
Many of us will have worked a notice period in our working lives, and I would wager that most of us have been guilty of ‘downing tools’ during the period. The consequences of having a manger downing tools during the race for promotion to the top flight would be shambolic. Sadly, shambolic has become a buzzword for operations at Rangers FC these days so nothing would come as a surprise.
Ask yourself this question. If a player had made it known to management that he didn’t see a future for himself at the club and asked to leave in the next transfer window, would he still be in the starting line up? Not a chance. He would probably be looking at a long stint in the reserves and spending training sessions with the youth squad. Why should the manager’s position be any different? The amount of negativity and press speculation that would come with McCoist staying in the job would undoubtedly affect the squad. Something they could well do without when they need to focus on securing a place in the league playoffs and putting up a fight in the Old Firm League Cup semi-final at the end of January.
So we will wait with baited breath for news from Wednesday’s crucial boardroom meeting. Will Ally McCoist still be the manager as the players take the Ibrox field against Livingston at the weekend or will the search for a new manager and a new way of thinking at the club be well underway?
Either way, the repercussions of Ally McCoist’s actions over the last few days and his four year tenure as Rangers manager will continue to be felt for the foreseeable future.
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