April 19, 2024

Gary Rowett lifts lid on ‘incredible’ Rangers manager job talks live on talkSPORT

Gary Rowett has lifted the lid on talks he had to become manager of Rangers earlier in his career, admitting he came close to taking over the reins at Ibrox.

The former Millwall manager who has been without a club since being sacked by the Lions in October has revealed that he came close to becoming the Light Blues boss before the Gers opted to appoint Pedro Caixinha instead.

Caixinha only lasted 229 days at Ibrox and was sacked after a 1-1 draw against bottom-of-the-table Kilmarnock, but it could have been a very different story, with Rowett suggesting he was in a straight shootout for the position with the Portuguese boss.

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Speaking on talkSPORT (13 December, 12:26) he said: “I got down to the last two, Caixinha got the job so I remember meeting them and thinking wow, you just can’t turn this down. 52,000 season ticket holders and it would have been an incredible experience, a tough experience of course.

“But he got the job and I don’t think did particularly well. I think I was relatively close, I certainly had the opportunity to meet them after leaving Birmingham and it wasn’t to be.

“Who wouldn’t want to be at a club with that history and that fanbase? That’s always going to be a pull, isn’t it?”

Chopping and changing

It is hard to imagine how different things would have been over the years at Ibrox had Rowett been given the position ahead of Caixinha back in 2017, especially considering how the Light Blues have rattled through managers since the Portuguese boss’ tenure.

Since Caixinha, the Light Blues have had four permanent managers, with Steven Gerrard the only one to make it past two years in charge at Ibrox. It could be argued that the Portuguese’s appointment started the Gers’ process of chopping and changing bosses.

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Now, with Philippe Clement in charge, the Gers seem to have a settled man in the dugout who appears to have what it takes to be a success in Glasgow. His start at Ibrox has been exceptional and hopefully, he’ll be in charge for many years to come.

It feels unlikely that Rowett would have been the man to take the Light Blues to the next level considering his CV since being pipped to the Rangers job. It may well be the case that the Gers have done well to avoid him in the long run.

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