Rangers manager Ally McCoist has offered his resignation it has been announced this afternoon. The Rangers board are currently discussing the issue, but McCoist is expected to manage Rangers at tonight’s Championship game against Queen of the South.
With McCoist having a 12 month rolling contract, a source has told Scotzine that the board are seriously considering making the former Rangers striker work his notice rather than paying out a substantial severance pay reportedly around £1.6 million for McCoist and his two assistants Kenny McDowall and Ian Durrant.
If an agreement is not made between McCoist and the board, and McCoist doesn’t walk away without a severance package in tow – he will have to see out his notice.
The Rangers manager has been under huge pressure this season after being beaten twice by Hearts in the league and by Hibernian – both teams considered title rivals. The 3-2 defeat to part-time outfit Alloa Athletic in the semi final of the Petrofac Training Cup increased calls for McCoist to quit as fans are severely disillusioned with the team’s performances as well as the off field problems.
McCoist succeeded Walter Smith as Rangers manager in 2011, but just under a year later the Ibrox club went into administration then liquidated. After his contract TUPE’d over to Charles Green’s Sevco Scotland company – who had bought the club’s assets for £5.5 million – McCoist led Rangers to back to back lower league titles, but has faced criticism since starting life again in the Third Division for a poor cup record.
Despite being clear favourites for the SPFL championship title, Rangers are nine points behind Hearts who are top of the division and with the off field problems intensifying along with fan dissatisfaction – McCoist seemingly has had enough.
Stuart McCall, who was reportedly interested in taking over the vacant St.Mirren job, and Terry Butcher are front runners to succeed Ally McCoist. Given the links to Mike Ashley – whether this is tongue in cheek or not – Dennis Wise and Joe Kinnear have been listed as candidates by most of the top bookies also.
Rangers have refused to comment.