I have read with interest the numerous threads speculating on who may be our next manager. I also noticed a significant difference in choices between "desired" and "realistic" targets. Certainly in the former, Ally McCoist rarely, if ever, figured.
However, McCoist is the perfect answer for Sir David Murray.
It allows him to remove Walter without any significant loss of face for the manager, and, as we all know, Murray has a reticence for sacking managers. I would imagine that the prospect of sacking Walter is almost unthinkable for him.
It would be easy to dress up; "natural progression"; "Ally has been groomed for this role"; a "natural successor." These are phrases we may become familiar with, perhaps even this summer.
It would also prevent the embarrassing scenario of a public humiliation, as Rangers offer a host of coaches the hot seat at Ibrox, only to be turned down.
Additionally, McCoist knows the Scottish game inside out, he is good with the press, and he knows Rangers through and through. I think its safe to say a section of our support, though I would not like to predict how significant that number would be, would deem this a popular choice.
Therefore, the availability of Ally McCoist offers an easy option should, for the second year running, Walter fail to re-capture the SPL title, despite spending significantly in the transfer market.
But what of McCoist himself? Would he take the role? What sort of manager would he be?
I remember an interview McCoist gave when he first became Assistant Manager, where he resolutely stated he had no wish to become Rangers manager. Perhaps since then the "bug" has caught him, and he would be eager to grasp the mantle so to speak.
Of course, outside of Rangers, Ally has no managerial experience, but that has not stopped us from taking such a gamble in the past; one only has to look at the John Grieg and Souness appointments. It would be a fair argument to suggest that his current role leaves him better qualified than the previous examples were when they took charge.
But if he did assume the mantle, what could we expect from Ally as a manager? Would his thinking be influenced by his experience as understudy to Walter?
Would we see a clone team of fairly negative football, or does he have a burning desire to see Rangers play more attacking football? He has certainly played under a few diverse managers in his time—at both club and international level.
Of course only time will tell, and this has all been a journey of speculation on my part, albeit based on some very realistic factors.
As most of you know, I'm not a betting man, but if I were to place a bet on who the next Rangers manager would be, my money would be on a certain Alistair Murdoch McCoist MBE.
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