New Rangers board must take swift action on managerial appointment

Rangers FC

Dave King's consortium won control of the Rangers boardroom but the managerial situation requires swift action.

The Rangers extraordinary general meeting saw the consortium of Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan take control of the Rangers board.

Dave King explained to fans after the meeting that a lot of areas inside the club are 'broken' and all aspects need to be examined, as reported on the BBC Sport website.

He said: "The club is pretty much broken. It's broken in many areas. Pretty much everything has to be looked at.

"There will be other appointments [following Douglas Park's appointment to the board].

“The fans' groups have been absolutely superb. We think that should be recognised. We want to work with fans in terms of getting representation on the board."

"We'll take time to build the board out. We're not involved in short-term fixing."

Murray also took the time to address the managerial situation saying, “We're laying the foundation for a long-term project here and appointing a first-team manager is a crucial decision.

"We're going to take some time and get it right."

Whilst King marked the outcome as a “turning point for the club,” the decision to take more time to appoint a manager could be costly for Rangers.

Kenny McDowall is currently serving his one-year notice period and the impact of having a manager who doesn’t want to be in charge is having a negative impact on the team.

The performances have been flat of late and there seems to be a lack of ideas and, at times, a plan.

McDowall has a very difficult job because the people he is working for are changing constantly, although Mike Ashley seems to be pulling some strings behind the scenes with his growing hold over the club through his £10 million loan and the addition of Newcastle players on loan. 

And if that makes McDowall’s job harder then it must be the same for his players working for a temporary manager, with a lack on continuity and ever-changing circumstances, an example being having to sell Lewis MacLeod to keep the club going.

These issues will become more prominent the closer it gets to the end of the season, regardless of which league Rangers find themselves in.

The club’s current position will put off a lot of players and not having a fixed manager at the helm will make it even more difficult to add for next season.

The task of trying to keep the players they already have at Ibrox will also be difficult if the club are still in a weak financial position, because selling might be the only option they have.

Fixing Rangers is clearly going to be a long-term project but the onus has to be fixing the problems on the pitch, and that starts by appointing a new manager.

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