Brian Laudrup warns Rangers board after listing top four managerial candidates
The hunt for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s replacement is on at Rangers, although former player Brian Laudrup has warned the board about who they pick.
Rangers finally pulled the trigger to sack Van Bronckhorst on Monday, and the club will now need to swiftly find a replacement ahead of the 15 December Scottish Premiership return date.
Laudrup has named his top four candidates for the job, although the record of foreign managers at Ibrox is already ringing alarm bells for him.
Via his Scottish Daily Mail column, Laudrup wrote: “I’ve seen candidates mentioned like Kevin Muscat, Michael Beale, or a return for Steven Gerrard, and I’ve also read a Danish manager being linked to the job, Bo Svensson, who manages Mainz in the Bundesliga in Germany.
“But the thing is with Rangers if you look at their history, there have not been very many successful foreign managers apart from Dick Advocaat.
“If you look at Paul le Guen and Pedro Caixinha, they were both foreign managers who lasted very few months.”
The nationality of the next Rangers manager shouldn’t be the club’s biggest concern. If Gers are to close the gap to Celtic and get back on track this season they need a boss capable of building a project.
The club lacked direction and identity under Van Bronckhorst – especially in the transfer window. Signings and investment weren’t good enough from both the board and the manager.
That will have to change for whoever comes in – with the new manager needing funds for the upcoming January transfer window.
It’s been painful from a Rangers standpoint to see the competent transfer business from Celtic under Ange Postecoglou, and Gers need to match that with their new appointment.
They also need a boss with a clear playing style that the club and players can buy into. It’ll help identify new signings while also allowing the players to clearly understand their roles and how the team want to play.
Whether that comes in a Scottish coach or a foreign coach – it doesn’t matter.