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Ibrox revamps coaching roles

Rangers seek stability with director of football

IbroxRangers are to appoint a Director of Football in a bid to bring stability to the club.

The development comes as the board tries to dampen speculation over a new manager following the controversial exit of Mark Warburton and his backroom staff.

Managing director Stewart Robertson said the new director will oversee all footballing aspects at Ibrox.

Gordon Smith was the last person to hold the position and the new structure will replace the outgoing team.

“We want to be a modern football club, and we see that sometimes when managers leave a lot of the structure leaves with them,” he said.

“That is no use. You put a lot of time, a lot of investment and a lot of resource into developing that side of the business and you can’t have that changing every time a manager changes.

“The Director of Football gives you that continuity. They oversee the overall football department, all aspects of it, including the Academy, performance and preparation, analysis and everything as well as the first team.

“It means that if a manager or a coach does leave, you are only replacing that one person and the club’s philosophy continues unbroken.”

Mr Robertson indicated the club has yet to open discussions with any individual about either position, despite frenzied rumours. Frank de Boer and Alex McLeish are considered front-runners but Mr Robertson said no one has been approached about either role.

He said: “We haven’t at this stage spoken to anyone about the manager or Director of Football roles. We are just gathering the facts and we will take our time.

“We are really focused on making sure that we get the right people and I’d rather take an extra week to make sure we have the right people, than to rush into anything.

“We have a very capable interim manager in Graeme Murty, who has risen to the challenge fantastically well so far and we will run with that for the foreseeable future.

“I know there has been some chat within the media about whether we will get an interim manager and then a permanent manager.”


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