It has now been well over a month since the Mexican manager flunked at Rangers in a hail of controversy. The Rangers board decided after only 8 months that it wasn’t going to work out for both manager and club and after just 229 days in charge, Caixinha became the shortest ever serving manager for this born again Glasgow side.
Rangers were then on the look out for a replacement. It seemed for a short time that the post would be going to Alex McLeish, with the former Rangers manager telling the Ibrox Board in October that they have ‘Got my number’ only for just a week later stating that he wasn’t on the verge of returning to his previous post as the Rangers manager.
Rangers then turned their attention to the Aberdeen boss for the job, but it seems that this has been a farce with 'will he or won’t he' be taking the job, and it seems that Derek McInnes has always been insisting he is going nowhere and will be staying at his post at Aberdeen. However, this hasn't deterred Rangers in the least and they still seemingly have Derek McInnes as their number one target, with the bookies having him favourite to take over the reins at Ibrox any day now.
However, it isn’t clear whether or not Rangers have actually approached the Aberdeen board or Derek McInnes for that matter regarding the move to Glasgow, it could very well be more than nothing but west coast media paper talk getting the sharks into a frenzy at the smell of blood.
McInnes has even been quoted in saying that he isn’t interested in the Ger’s job.
“I want to reiterate what the chairman said. I speak to him every other day and relationships are key to me. He wanted to put something out, he spoke to me about it, and I was happy for him to do that.
I have never been one who feels the need to react to speculation and I don’t see how I can pick and choose.
I’m getting asked all the time about this job or that job.
A month ago I was asked about the Scotland job and I answered one question about it, so everyone was happy with that.
Has it angered me? Not initially because you can’t control the speculation, and in the past I have usually answered it and we have moved on."
While McInnes is defiantly the ‘bookies’ favourite, there seems to be a late and surprising up and coming runner for the job, the Bookies now have Ex-Rangers man Neil McCann second favourite, slashing the odds from 40/1 down to 9/2.
This could either mean that a lot of people have been placing bets on Dark Blues manager hoping to make a little killing or Rangers have contacted Dundee in trying to sound him out for the post.
There has been quite a bit of talk by Rangers fans who would like to see McCann take the trip from Dundee down to Glasgow, for no other reason than he is supposed to be a Rangers man through and through. For some reason playing for Rangers is the only prerequisite for getting the manager’s job for many of the light blues fans.
I find it strange that when it came down to the nitty gritty, McCann choose to come out of retirement to help Dundee Football Club. His goal against Raith Rovers to help secure Dundee ‘s division one status after the club were docked 25 points, will forever keep McCann a legend with the Dark Blues support.
He then put his job at Sky on hold to come to the Dark Blues rescue again and secured the club’s premier status when it looked assured Dundee would be playing Championship football again this season. For some time after, it looked as if McCann would return to his Sky job as he hesitated but finally found the lure of managing the side which started his career over twenty five years ago too much to walk away from.
Neil McCann has just started his managerial journey and is by all standards, still a rookie learning his trade. His time as assistant manager at Dunfermline will have helped him immensely, but he still has a lot to learn and after only 6 months in charge full-time, is only starting to get Dundee on the right track.
The football at Dens is night and day since McCann has taken over, the drab defensive playing for a draw style which Hartley had us playing is long gone. McCann has brought in a new attacking philosophy which didn’t look like it was going to work at first. The Dark Blues were shipping goals at an alarming rate and were stuck to the bottom of the table. The club 12 team which when down in season 2013 had more points at this stage.
Unlike our previous manager, McCann realised that he had to change things around and swap around personal if we are to have a chance, and this seems to be working. Two clean sheets and unbeaten in the last three games with wins against Rangers and Ross county away from home.
If you ask any Dundee Fan if they’re happy with the football this season, most will say they are enjoying the what McCann is serving, but are not happy at the results and the stream of bad luck we have been on the receiving end from the start of the season.
While the club under McCann is heading in the right direction, he is no means the finished article and there is still a long way to go between now and the end of the season, and we are still in the precarious position of those relegation spots.
Will Rangers go for a manager that has only been in the job for a couple of minutes or will they be looking for a manager with a proven record at this level? If they wish to continue this debacle of stumbling from one catastrophe to another, then they may probably try and make McCann their manager. I’m just not sure how long the Ibrox faithful would willing to give McCann before turning on him if things didn’t work out as expected.
As Dundee fan, I just hope and pray that Neil McCann has a lot more sense and realises that the Rangers managerial seat is nothing more than a poison chalice and a hot bed of controversially, and at this time and point of his managerial career changing from Dundee to Glasgow could possibly do more damage to his reputation in the long run and end what seems to be a promising start to his managerial career.