Next Rangers manager tips: McInnes odds lead the way
FootyOn expert football writers look at next Rangers manager tips as the Glasgow giants search for another manager.
After a League Cup loss to Motherwell and a Premiership stalemate against Kilmarnock, the Gers hierarchy decided to call it a day on Pedro Caixinha’s time at Ibrox.
The Portuguese took charge back in March, but failed to convince both the fans and board after humiliating losses to Luxembourgian side Progres Niederkorn in the Europa League and spluttering domestic form.
So, with the Gers looking for a new man to occupy the highly-pressured dugout, we’ve picked out our top next Rangers manager tips…
Derek McInnes – Evens*
The Aberdeen manager is consistently fighting against the immovable object of Celtic and could fancy a move to Glasgow to overthrow the hooped Scottish throne dwellers, with greater resources.
McInnes turned down the chance to manage Sunderland last season, so don’t expect him to accept a new challenge without being totally satisfied he’ll get the funding and support he needs to compete.
McInnes has done great work with the Dons over his tenure at Pittodrie and is the even-money favourite with Paddy Power to take over at Rangers.
Alex McLeish – 5/1*
Winning five major trophies with Gers, including two league titles and leading them to the Champions League last 16, McLeish was an undoubted success first time around.
Without a job since his Egyptian adventure with Zamalek, the Glaswegian would likely jump at the chance to return to management.
However, there is a feeling the modern game may have passed McLeish by and a more modern appointment would be more attractive.
Billy Davies – 6/1*
Davies seems to be linked to every vacant Scottish job, be that on merit or the fact he shouts on rooftops to anyone that listens that he is available and wants, needs and is begging for an appointment.
The Glaswegian has been without a job since back-to-back spells at Nottingham Forest ending in 2014.
Often linked to jobs with headlines such as ‘Davies eyes vacant manager role’ soon followed by ‘Davies will not be considered by the club’, the former Rangers man is unlikely to take over at Ibrox.
Tommy Wright – 25/1*
Wright’s generous odds could easily be cut should formal inquiries be made by Rangers to contact him.
He has a proven track record in the Scottish top-flight and has led St Johnstone to a historic Scottish Cup victory and top six finishes in each of his four full seasons in charge in Perth.
The Northern Irishman consistently seems to be overlooked for bigger jobs, but could this be the time a side finally pounces?