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Rangers F.C. - A Whole New Ball Game

Started on 12 May 2014 by BaggiesJames
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McCoist Departs Ibrox

Scottish League 2 champions Rangers have today announced that the clubs former star striker and manager Ally McCoist has departed the club by mutual consent. McCoist, who has been in charge of the troubled club since 2011, and has been under scrutiny from the clubs fans for the way he has been running the team under his guidance in terms of training methods, tactics and transfer signings, although it is safe to say it has not been an easy two years for him with the club entering administration in 2012, and then the club ended up being re-formed as The Rangers and were placed in the old Scottish Third Division, now known as the Scottish League 2, with a new board and the prospect at starting a fresh while keeping all of their history of past success.

McCoist’s managerial career came after a very successful playing career, where he started out at Perth based St. Johnstone in 1978, after being rejected by then St Mirren manager Sir Alex Ferguson for being “too small”, but failed to score in his first two seasons at McDiarmaid Park. During the 1980-81 season, McCoist managed to break his scoring duck and went on to score 23 goals in 43 appearances. His prolific form for St. Johnstone and Scotland U18’s sparked interest from English clubs such as Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wonderers, Tottenham Hotspur and Middlesbrough, but he stayed with the Scottish outfit for the start of the 1981-82 season and netted 4 goals in 5 league cup games before moving south of the border to join Sunderland for a then club record fee of £400,000. McCoist did not have a very successful stint with the Black Cats, scoring just 9 goals in 65 appearances in English football. During the 1981-82 season with Sunderland, he only managed to score two goals, the first against Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest and the second against Southampton. Pre-Season of the 1982-83 season made it look asif good things were to come of McCoist, after he scord 3 goals against Dundee, Dunfermline and former club St. Johnstone, and then a goal against European Champions Aston Villa, but he failed to live up to the early season hype as he bagged the last 5 of his 7 goals that season in October, failing to score for the remainder of the season before moving back north of the border to Rangers for a fee of £185,000. McCoist spent 15 year at Ibrox, scoring 251 goals in 355 games in all competitons, making him the Glasgow based sides all time top scorer. He won an array of honours, which concluded of 10 League Championships, 3 Scottish Cups and 9 Scottish league Cups. His time at Rangers saw him collect the nickname “Super Ally”, but in 1987 was charged with assault and was fined a fee of £150, before being fined £1,500 by Rangers. Under the guidance of Walter Smith in the dugout at Ibrox, he won two consecutive European Golden Shoes, as he proved his true form of his career was always going to be while he was playing in Scotland, but from 1996 he was also juggling his playing career along with being a team captain on BBC’s Question of Sport. In 1998, his Rangers career came to an end, where he moved to Kilmarnock, making 53 appearances and scoring just 9 goals before retiring in 2001. During his career, McCoist made 10 appearances for the Scotland U18’s, scoring 7 goals, whilst also making a single appearance for Scotland U21’s, but made his mark known at the highest international level with the Scotland senior squad, making 61 appearances and scoring 19 goals, including playing at the 1990 world cup.

His managerial career started in 2011, taking over from Walter Smith after previously being the assistant manager of the club, although Smith did credit McCoist for managing the team during the clubs Scottish Cup triumph that season. His first season in charge of Rangers was looking bright in the 2011-12 season as his Rangers side sat top of the table after just 5 games and his side had also conceded just one goal. His first Old Firm Derby as a manager came in a home match against Celtic, where Rangers came out as 4-2 winners, but then his side lost to Falkirk in the Scottish League Cup a few days later with a scoreline of 3-2. In February, McCoist had led rangers to within 4 points of table toppers Celtic, although they were 15 points clear of their rivals at one point in the season, Rangers’ title challenge was virtually over after the club were slapped with a 10 point deduction after entering administration, but McCoist did manage to become more popular with the Rangers faithful after declaring his future to the club in the middle of a financial crisis. In 2012, the club were taken over by Yorkshire businessman Charles Green, even with the takeover the club entered liquidation, and after initially being rejected in their attempt to remain in the SPL under the new company structure, they were allowed to join the Scottish Football League in the Third Division. During that season, Rangers struggled to recruit a few players due to a transfer embargo, but on March 30th 2013, they were confirmed as the League Champions, and winning promotion into the Scottish Second Division, one step closer to returning to the SPL.

McCoist has refused to speak to any media sources on his departure, which makes everyone think something has happened between him and the board for his position to have come under scrutiny. The SFA have offered their support to him in the meantime, but Rangers’ search for a new manager will not be easy considering the financial mess the club are apparently still in, although a return for former manager Walter Smith is rumoured to be in the pipeline although the club have refused to comment on the situation regarding who could become their new manager.
Shame Ally's leaving but interested on wwho is going to take his place
2014-05-12 21:36#174500 sponge11rofc : Shame Ally's leaving but interested on wwho is going to take his place
Yeah it is seen as he is a hardworking passionate manager, but the person who is the manager is not someone you would expect to be in charge
its ridiculous hes leaving so i hope its a good replacement :P i have a guilty pleasure on rangers stories so i will be following
2014-05-13 12:41#174565 jasonvilla4ever : its ridiculous hes leaving so i hope its a good replacement :P i have a guilty pleasure on rangers stories so i will be following
Hm, i think its a good replacement considering the ideas i'm putting into the team ;)
Follow, follow, I will follow Rangers... Good luck with this!
Will follow James, best of luck mate :D
2014-05-13 15:05#174575 Arch Mon : Follow, follow, I will follow Rangers... Good luck with this!
thanks mate! nice to see more followers
2014-05-13 15:26#174578 fmhunter : Will follow James, best of luck mate :D
Thanks mate!

Who Next For Rangers?

The mystery surrounding the vacancy of the Rangers manager job is set to be going on for at least another week, with chairman David Somers revealing he and the board are taking their time in deciding who will become the clubs new manager. Club legend Ally McCoist was sacked just 3 days ago after he led the club to promotion to Scottish League One from Scottish League Two last season, but fans were calling for the Ibrox legends sack for most of last season and they have finally got their wish, but the one question on all fans minds is who will be hired as the new manager of Rangers?

Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News, chairman David Somers had his say on the matter and hoped it would be an opportunity to let the fans have some sort of relief over the vacant manager situation at Ibrox. “I would like to say this to give the fans some sort of clarity on the current situation regarding who will become the new manager of Rangers Football Club. Myself and the board will be taking our time to decide on who exactly should become the new manager of the team, and we aim to announce our decision on who will become the new manager by early July. Everyone at the club would like to say a huge thank you to former manager Ally McCoist for the job he did here over the last two years, but unfortunately we felt it was time for a change and we wish Ally all the best in the future as we look forward to our own future. Obviously our finances are still not great, so the incoming manager will have to be patient for a while in terms of funding and especially since we have a transfer embargo too, but we still believe that we can sign a couple of players this season and mount a promotion challenge to get back to the SPL as fast as possible”.

There have been quite a few managers linked with the job, with Walter Smith being touted as the favourite to make a sensational return to Ibrox to help the club get out of their league slump, but other names such as Alex McLeish and Craig Levein have also been thrown around the ring as bookmakers look to get fans betting on who could become the next Rangers manager as quickly as possible, but only time will tell on who will be chosen to lead Rangers forward.

Unlikely Appointment For Rangers

Scottish League 1 side Rangers have today unveiled their new manager, but it is not someone you would think would be appointed at the troubled club. Chairman David Somers was today pleased to announce that they have hired the now former Oakland Atheltics General Manager Billy Beane as the man that the club want to take them forward and try to mount a promotion challenge to get one more step closer to the Scottish Premier League. Beane, 51, had been at the A's since 1990, his second spell at the team, before he then became and advanced scout for the team until 1993. Beane has apparently been hired on a 1 year congract, with the wages not being revealed, and will be given the task of challenging for promotion to the Scottish Championship.

Beane began his baseball career with the New York Mets, who selected him as a first round pick along with two other players, after he fell to the 23rd overall draft pick after many teams thought he would attend Stanford University instead of choosing to play professional baseball. In his first season with the Mets, Beane was assigned to play for the Little Falls Mets and struggles in his first season batting just .220, before then being promoted to play for the Lynchburg Mets, where he had a solid season leading to him being promoted to the Jackson Mets where he batted .220, leading Beane to question himself over his ability. Beane remained in Jackson until 1984, when he then got promoted to play Major League Baseball for the first time in his career making 5 appearances for the New York Mets in the 19884 season. He spent most of the 1985 season with the Tidewater Tides, getting called up for the Mets on 8 occasions. His baseball career then began to sizzle out after this, with Beane being traded countless amounts of times, including two spells at the Oakland Athletics before retiring and then taking up a role as a scout at the A's, before becoming the assistant GM in 1993. In 1997, Beane succeeded Sandy Alderson as the General Manager of the A's, and was tasked with following in the footsteps of making the A's one of the most cost-effective teams in baseball. Beane began using the idea of sabremetrics in his role as GM, thus signing players based on statistics such as on-base percentage rather than the amount of runs they get. This allowed him to unearth the real gems of the baseball world and allow him to build a team that costs little money, and because of the on-field success the A's were getting by reaching the play-offs numerous amounts of times, Beane was offered the job as General Manager of the Boston Red Sox, which would have made him the highest ever paid GM, and in 2003, Michael Lewis wrote a book about Beane and his methods entitled "Moneyball", which was later developed into a film in 2011.

Giving a statement to BBC Scotland on his appointment, Beane gave some enthusiastic answers towards his time at Ibrox. "Well, I'm delighted to have been given the glorious opportunity to manage a team with such a fantastic history as Rangers. I know the clubs been going through some rough times with the finances lately and I hope to be the man to help the club move closer to the Scottish Premier League. I developed my passion for football in 2003, supporting Tottenham Hostspur, and a year later in 2004, I began taking my coaching badges in America as I would have loved to be involved in football one day, and now I have that opportunity and I want to say a big than kyou to the club for allowing me to take charge of the team. When I was the General Manager of the Oakland Athletics in MLB, I used a theory and strategy called 'sabremetrics' where I would not sign players based on their looks, history or their name, but instead I would study all of their statistics from recent events, and sign them based on their most important stats. I know it will not be easy, but I hope to apply this theory, now more popularly known as 'moneyball', to Rangers, in a hope it can achieve on field success and also help the club improve their finances. I have already got some signings planned out even though the club has a transfer embargo, and I have prepared our tactics ready for the upcoming season. I hope the fans will warm to me and give me a chance to do my work, but thank you to the fans who are giving me a chance and to the board who gave me the fantastic opportunity".
Good Luck hopefully Beane be rolling out some his moneyball tactics.
2014-05-13 23:16#174658 sponge11rofc : Good Luck hopefully Beane be rolling out some his moneyball tactics.
Thanks! and yeah, will be hard but achievable, there is 10 rules from the book "soccernomics" that im using to help me
Interesting story :D best of luck with it,will definitely be following :)
2014-05-14 07:12#174670 ManUtdTAW : Interesting story :D best of luck with it,will definitely be following :)
thanks mate :)

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