David Martindale reacts to Rangers manager hunt with Livingston boss and Michael Beale tipped
David Martindale has ruled himself out of the running to be the new Rangers manager but thinks Michael Beale is “a good fit” for Ibrox.
The Livingston boss has just won the SPFL manager of the month award for November, and has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who was sacked on Monday (21 November) after a year in charge.
But the 48-year-old, who as well as being named in the running, is due to face Beale’s QPR side in a friendly during the World Cup break, has ruled himself out while offering his thoughts on a situation he’s found himself in the thick of.
Speaking to Sky Sports on Tuesday (22 November) he said of Van Bronckhorst’s sacking: “It’s a difficult one isn’t it? I’m a big believer in continuity but when you look at form, you’re at one of the big clubs, and at the big clubs in Scotland I think you’ve got to win games of football.
“If you’re at the Old Firm you’ve probably got to win every game of football, so if you’re not winning games you’re expected to win there’s only one price to pay, and it’s probably the manager who’s going to leave the football club.
“There’s a different expectation at the top two in Scotland and it’s a very, very harsh environment. Obviously we can only comment from the outside, but the board have decided to go and look for a new manager. It’s football. You get on with it.”
On the Beale’s potential arrival he added: “I don’t know. We’re still going down to QPR, so whether it’s Michael [in charge] or not, I think he’d be a good fit for Rangers. But I’ve not spoke to Mick. I don’t expect to speak to speak to Mick, but time will tell.”
And when put to him that he is being tipped for the role himself he responded: “No. It’ll no be me. It’ll no be me, I can tell you that.”
Martindale didn’t sound like a man trying to throw the media off the scent of anything so it seems like one of the outside candidates can be crossed off.
The signals are all pointing towards Beale at this point, despite a potential roadblock emerging on his return, and in terms of candidates with experience of what it is like in the goldfish bowl of Ibrox he is only surpassed by Steven Gerrard.
Martindale is clearly doing a solid job at Livi but has only been a manager for a couple of seasons in that role, so it would be a massive step up to head straight to Rangers.
But he clearly understands how it works in Scotland in terms of the requirements of being in charge of either side of the Old Firm so he could come into the club’s thinking a few seasons down the line.
As he says, the basic requirement of winning games hasn’t been met recently and for all Van Bronckhorst clearly has ability that is what it ultimately comes down to.
He will always have the cup win and the run to Seville, but standards have dropped too far this season, so Beale or whoever else comes in will have a job to do to get the side back to winning regularly.
In other Rangers news, Tom English will fall off his chair in shock if things go the way they appear to be going.