07 October 2012

Time to Step Down, Super

by Bill McMurdo | CRO Contributor

I didn’t expect to be writing this piece but, after careful consideration, I see no other option.

I have known Ally McCoist for over twenty five years.

For a while, many moons ago, I operated as his agent – mostly doing commercial stuff and personal appearance work.

No agent was ever going to get a big payday moving Super Ally from Ibrox in a big money move. For all the occasional speculation, Ally’s heart prevented him moving to another club while at the peak of his powers.

My old man also worked with Ally over the years and first introduced him to Question Of Sport. To be honest, I always thought Coisty made a bit of a prat of himself on that show, especially after watching the special out-take show a few years back.

And that is about as critical of the man as I am prepared to get, other than what I have been saying in my blogs concerning Rangers’ awful recent record under Coisty’s management.

The simple reality is that Ally McCoist is not the manager he – and legions of Rangers fans – wanted to be.

There is no shame in that.

It takes a certain kind of person to manage a football team successfully. When you look at the different personalities of managers, it becomes difficult to pinpoint specific qualities that determine who will make a good manager.

There are certain people who you think would make excellent managers but who prove to be useless duds in the dugout. Think John Barnes, Roy Keane and Alan Shearer if you need good references.

One thing is for certain – an ability to read a game and provide great insight doth not a manager make.

Ally McCoist was a very astute pundit on TV but he has not managed to turn his ability to spot good play and tactics into the implementation of same.

I blogged a while back on Ally McCoist as a man of steel. He certainly was a tough player physically, dishing out doings to defenders. And his toughness as a man is not in dispute after the courageous stand he has taken for the club he loves in recent months.

But football management is a whole new level of tough – one that many an outstanding coach has found it difficult to make the leap into.

He will hate me saying it but Coisty is a great number two. He is not a great manager.

Does he have it in him?

The real question is: Do we have time to find out?

Back when I was one of Coisty’s agents – I say this because he had more agents than the FBI - representing him didn’t prevent me from giving him pelters when he played and missed many sitters.

And being a Rangers fan still, I have to be honest and say that it is time to face up to what is becoming increasingly obvious: The job of Rangers manager is too much for Super Ally, Rangers legend.

Continuing in the job will only hurt Super’s legacy, just as the miserable five years in charge of team affairs hurt John Greig’s.

People talk about moving Ally upstairs. To be honest, I have been against this because it’s too much like charity and that is not what Ally McCoist would want or need.

But I have changed my mind.

In the right role – as a club ambassador, fighting wider battles on behalf of Rangers – Ally McCoist might just find his dream job.

It’s not a disgrace to step down from team manager and become Mr Rangers in a role where his leadership talents are far better suited to serve the club.

So not every Rangers fan will agree with this but I have to say it:

We appreciate you didn’t walk away, Ally.

But it’s no shame to admit you are unable to do the job you wanted.

Tens of thousands of Rangers fans know that feeling only too well, including me.

Because we all wanted to do what you did so well throughout your career – represent the greatest team in the world and score goals for fun.

We all wanted to be you.

But please step aside for the good of the club.

And for yourself.

Bill is a regular contributor at the CRO. He can be found on twitter at @WilliamMcMurdo and via email at bmcmurdo@coplandroad.org