By Ibrox News Speaking to Tam McManus

14th Mar, 2023 | 8:36pm

Harry Watling tipped to quit Rangers for 'big job in England' as managerial speculation emerges - pundit

We’re delighted to welcome Tam McManus as our exclusive Rangers columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox

Tam McManus doesn’t expect Michael Beale to stand in Harry Watling’s way if the Rangers coach was offered a managerial job in England.

The Mirror reported on 9 March (page 57) that Watling, 33, is wanted by a number of English Football League clubs with a “managerial merry-go-round” set to take place in the Championship and League One.

It was reported that Oxford United were looking at Charlton Athletic manager Dean Holden, meaning that the Addicks would have needed a new boss.

Since that Mirror report was published, Oxford United have hired Liam Manning as their new boss, meaning that Charlton aren’t likely to lose Holden at this moment in time.

But McManus believes that if a job was to appear at The Valley, it would be something that would be very hard to turn down for Ibrox coach Watling.

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“Listen, he’s a young coach – he’s only 33,” McManus told Ibrox News.

Michael Beale brought him in and Michael will know the script because he did this under Steven Gerrard.

You come in and learn the trade under the manger but if a big opportunity comes in – and Charlton are big club in England – if a chance comes in to go and get your first job somewhere, he’d take it.

Beale would want to keep him at Rangers but if a Championship or League One club comes in and he fancies it, he can be his own man.

I don’t think Michael will stand in his way, he’ll probably wish him all the best.

But it’s important as a manager to have coaches around you who you can trust so it’d be a blow for Michael to lose him.”

Watling has previously coached at Chelsea, Millwall and West Ham while he also had a spell managing non-MLS American club Hartford Athletic.

He hired by Beale initially at QPR and then moved to Ibrox with the Englishman late last year.

In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist has shared his “penny-pinching” verdict on a player reportedly agreeing to quit Ibrox.