Was it April 1st? I knew it was far too early – or far too late – for Panto Season.
One particulare headline read: “ALLY McCOIST WAS CONSIDERED FOR ASTON VILLA JOB AND HOPES FOR MANAGERIAL RETURN IN ENGLAND DESPITE RANGERS PAY GUARANTEE“
Journalist Joe Bernstein actually put a by-line to this! He actually had the courage or stupidity to write this and stick his own name on it.
It’s patently obvious that Bernstein either hasn’t or plainly couldn’t be bothered doing his homework on McCoist, who presided over the car crash that is Sevco Rangers.
This is the man who didn’t so much steer Rangers on their Big Adventure but sent them careening down the cliff, the man who’s had more custard pies than Chris Tarrant.
Villa were allegedly made aware of his availability after sacking former Celtic Paul Lambert. I have no doubt they were. McCoist’s PR people have long been good at what they do. Indeed, they are far better at what they do than he ever was.
Available for the manager’s position at a Premier League club …
What? In the catering department? Would you trust him to keep his hands off the pies?
On the other hand, he does appear to be good at passing hot potatoes … ask Kenny McDowall.
McCoist’s record speaks for itself. Having took over from Sir Waistcoat he made a promising start, winning his first five games even beating Celtic 4-2 at Ibrox.
But that was short lived as he’d soon overseen defeats by Malmo in the Champions League then another European exit at the hands of NK Maribor in the Europa League. After beating Celtic, he found himself out of the League Cup in a 3-2 defeat by First Division Falkirk.
The credentials for the Villa job are building and building – take note Mr Bernstein … McCoist was already going backwards.
It gets better.
He then squandered a 15 point lead over Celtic, and then hid behind the off-field troubles. His get out of jail card was that he “doesn’t do walking away”. But the title did and Celtic went on to romp it amid administration at Ibrox.
Once he realised the off-field issues were going to continue, it was a crutch he could lean on and he would continue to make excuses with it right up to the day they sent him away with his watering can.
McCoist did have success though … or so his media friends will tell you. Oh yes he did.
He won the Third Division title with a team packed full of SPL grade players on SPL wages, as the butchers, the bakers and the candlestick makers struggled to make ends meet. But alas, Queen of the South put the mercenaries to the sword in the Ramsden’s Cup in a penalty shoot-out.
Despite beating Motherwell in the League Cup, ICT beat Rangers easily in the quarter finals of that competition, at Ibrox.
It gets even better.
A young Dundee Utd side flushed them out of the Scottish Cup with almost casual ease, and the revival died. Oh yes they did!
McCoist then guided his side to the First Division championship gaining promotion to the second tier, going a full season in the League unbeaten – that should be enough to get McCoist and EPL job. They also progressed to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup, but lost 3–1 to yep, Dundee Utd and at Ibrox. To cap a great Season off and further proving McCoist’s Managerial genius at which point it’s believed Real Madrid were monitoring this up and coming Young Manager. They suffered defeat to Raith Rovers in the Pawnbroker’s Cup again a first round defeat in the Scottish League Cup ended Ally’s quest for glory again and dashed any chance of the hot-seat at the Bernabau. Oh yes he did.
This season would spell the end of McCoist’s calamitous reign at Rangers. Hearts have pretty much lead the chase from day dot. They are now out of all cups and suffered another Challenge Cup exit this time at the hands of Alloa and have been beaten handsomely by Hibs. No-one fears them. McCoist has left a lasting legacy of lacklustre, lazy players. Oh yes he did.
Surely to God this report in a national paper was an April Fools? McCoist has won two lower Division Leagues will players on big wages. Is this the foundations for an English Premier League Club who are struggling to even buy a goal? Anyone who believes McCoist was anywhere near candidacy is truly bonkers. Oh yes they are.
What part of McCoist’s Managerial CV would have him considered for a job in the England’s top flight? Rangers fans continually and continue to berate his tactical nous. Oh yes they did.
One of his best matest and former strike partner Mark Hately went on an undercover mission on behalf of the Rangers Board allegedly and even he badmouthed his mate. What does that tell you? This is a board that the Rangers fans are baying for! So what Bernstein is telling us is that the Villa Board even considered speaking to him. Lambert who was given the Spanish Archer is arguably a better Manager than Sally.
Let’s draw a parallel, Neil Lennon was successful at Celtic and has been by-passed by EPL teams despite his Champions League exploits. The game up here carries no credence and why the Aston Villa Board would consider McCoist beggars belief. He walked away before he was sacked. Oh yes he did!
Many pitied McCoist as he steered Rangers through difficult financial times whilst picking up an £800k per annum wage. He was never physically assaulted or sent bombs and bullets so my sympathy ends there. Oh no he wasn’t!
On the face of it, this piece smacks of lazy journalism which is usually the title we’d bestow on the Scottish hacks. To quote Bernstein directly, he needs to get his facts straight.
“In 2013, he voluntarily took a 50% pay cut on his £800,000-a-year wages to help the club get over their financial problems, but that no longer applies.”
This was, and has yet to be confirmed by anyone. Again, half-arsed journalism. Oh yes it is!
Do we really believe that the Villa Board had McCoist on a short-list to save their ailing club?
Oh no they didn’t.
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