DANIEL CANDEIAS has revealed the reasons which he believes were at play between his compatriot, Pedro Caixinha, being sacked as Rangers manager.
It has been nearly three weeks since Rangers decided to sack Caixinha and with no replacement announced yet, Candeias has offered his own explanation as to why Caixinha was removed by the Ibrox hierarchy.
Speaking to The Record, a Portuguese newspaper, Candeias suggested that it was the defeat to Progres Nierderkorn 2-0 in Luxembourg in the early stages of the Europa League qualification rounds.
“The (Europe) elimination marked the season for Caixinha. Left him at work in a certain way.
“The club wanted to play in Europe and it wasn’t possible. But the manager always gave everything for the club and protected the group.
“It’s already known that in football, a whole squad is never dismissed and the coach is the one who ends up paying.”
The 29-year-old right midfielder said that despite a resurgence under Caixinha, the Betfred Cup semi-final was the last straw as the board moved towards dismissing Caixinha, which came after a 1-1 draw to Kilmarnock days after.
“It was in that (Motherwell) game that everything changed. We were clearly the best team, but there were strange things in that game.
“For example, they broke the nose of Fábio Cardoso and the opponent didn’t even get a yellow. It was difficult to manage.”