By Jonty Banks

21st Nov, 2022 | 11:40am

Three managers lead packed race to succeed Giovanni van Bronckhorst after Rangers sack

Following the sacking of Giovanni van Bronckhorst, three names are leading a packed managerial race to succeed the Dutchman in the Rangers dugout, according to the Daily Record.

Ex-Burnley manager Sean Dyche, QPR boss Michael Beale and Kjetil Knutsen have been named as the current favourites among a host of other names.

The search for a new manager comes following the sacking of Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Monday 21 November), who had led Rangers through a calamitous Champions League campaign and a poor league season – which currently see them nine points off league leaders Celtic.

Rangers will look to get a replacement into the club before the club returns to action against Hibernian on 15 December after the World Cup break.

Daily Record Sport tweeted: “Nine next Rangers candidates as Dyche, Beale and Knutsen lead packed race to succeed van Bronckhorst.”


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After being sacked by Burnley in April after an impressive nine-and-a-half stint at the club, Dyche seems the perfect replacement for Van Bronckhorst at Rangers.

He has Premier League pedigree and experience and constantly punched above his weight at a club that didn’t offer him an abundance of funds. His no-nonsense management style could be exactly what is needed to get Rangers fully firing again and the 51-year-old knows sporting director Ross Wilson from their time at Watford together.

Beale again had strong links to the club following his time under Steven Gerrard at The Ibrox but pledged his loyalty to QPR when Wolves came asking earlier this season – so it is unlikely that Rangers would be able to prise the highly-touted coach away from London.

Although a relatively unknown name, Knutsen has a glistening CV in Norway where he has been the manager of Eliteserien. The successes he has drawn at the club – including a 5-1 aggregate win over Celtic in February – have drawn great praise, and the 54-year-old is ready-made for a move to a club of Rangers’ size.

The boardroom will be in overdrive already.

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