02 March 2015

New Board Must Act Quick

by Jamie Currie | Guest Contributor

With the EGM all but won with David Somers’ resignation, it will be the period that succeeds the General Meeting that will be at the forefront of the minds of the Rangers support.

The on-field situation now looks as bleak as the off-field circus of the past four years so Dave King and his new board will have to act – and fast.

As it stands, Rangers look a long way off being promoted back to the top flight at the first time of asking. They are the proverbial country mile behind leaders Hearts, and if truth be told, they don’t look like they could beat Hibs, Falkirk or Queen of the South over two legs either. The horrendous record that they have this year against both Edinburgh clubs only backs that up, in the six games that they have faced Hearts and Hibs they have only drawn once in 90 minutes – that was the Petrofac Training Cup match at the start of the season when Nicky Law scored an extra-time winner at Ibrox.

With the boardroom battle set to be over on Friday, if not before, King has to decide if he wishes to keep Kenny McDowall in charge and allow the team to continue to produce timid, half-hearted displays or hedge his bets and appoint another interim manager until the summer. It would be wise for the new decision-maker at Ibrox to wait until the summer before getting his new permanent management team in place, take his time because the appointment that is possibly the most crucial in the club’s history. Rangers badly need this promotion, not only to stave off the embarrassment factor, but also to try and begin to restore the club to its former glories – with McDowall at the head of the coaching team that simply does not look like happening.

When McDowall was given the job, he made it abundantly clear to everyone that he did not want it. He’s looked totally uncomfortable with the whole situation and he’s looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights of a 20-tonne truck. If you watched the games without knowing who the manager was, you could have been forgiven for thinking it was Ally McCoist at the helm. McDowall has done nothing to try and change the style of play or add some invention into the side – even his substitutions are almost identical to those McCoist was making in his final weeks in charge.

Now with the team sitting in third place behind the Edinburgh clubs the players, like the boardroom, need a massive shot in the arm. King and co must act before it’s too late. Guys like Stuart McCall, Billy Davies or even the much talked about Felix Magath would surely give the failing squad a new lease of life and some new ideas breaking the monotony of the Ally-Kenny regime. 

The firecracker nature of the off-field events may be finally coming to a close, but for Dave King, John Gilligan and Paul Murray the war starts soon. The battle to get promotion is one that shouldn’t be taken lightly as those guys and the rest of the fans want to close the embarrassing and distressing chapter of the nightmare ‘journey’ back to the top flight.