Following the 3-1 home defeat to Aberdeen, Rangers announced the sacking of Michael Beale from his position as first team manager. The English technician arrived at Ibrox Stadium in November 2022 and lasted only 43 games in charge, recording 31 wins, four draws and eight losses. The poor results at the start of the 2023/24 season – like the Champions League play-off elimination and the Gers trailing seven points to Celtic in the Scottish Premiership – have made Beale one most short-lived managers in Rangers’ history.
Club legend Steven Davis has been appointed player-coach on an interim basis in the meantime while the next Rangers manager odds have gone up.
Rangers Next Manager Betting List
Topping the Rangers next manager odds is former player Kevin Muscat, although he is currently employed. However, some of the managers on the list are available for instant hire, although it’s been claimed that the Glasgow club will not rush its decision.
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Kevin Muscat has been linked with the job at Ibrox Stadium in the media, and the bookmakers see him as the favourite in the next Rangers manager odds. The 50-year-old Australian coach is currently working with Yokohama F. Marinos but he may be attracted by the prospect of taking charge of his former club. Muscat played for the Gers during the domestic treble-winning 2002/03 season before moving to Millwall.
The Australian began as an assistant at Melbourne Victory where he worked under various managers, including Ange Postecoglou. Kevin succeeded Postecoglou as the head coach at Victory in 2013 and followed the same principles of attractive attacking football, bringing two league titles to the Melbourne side. In 2021, he was appointed by Yokohama F. Marinos mid-season with the same intentions of continuing Postecoglou legacy, which he successfully did as he led the team to a title win the next term.
Muscat’s only European experience was in 2020 with Sint-Truiden in Belgian First Division A but he was sacked after just six months. However, Rangers may decide that Muscat is worth the risk considering his recent successes in Japan.
Unlike the previous name on the list of possible next Rangers manager, Graham Potter is a free agent at the moment. The Englishman was dismissed by Chelsea in April 2023. It’s unclear whether Potter would agree to coach Rangers, although he may see it as a stepping stone in his return to the Premier League.
While Potter’s tenure at Stamford Bridge is widely regarded as unsuccessful, Chelsea’s performances since have shown that the coach was not necessarily the main culprit of their poor 2022/23 campaign.
Potter may be a dream appointment for the Rangers fans as many still remember his incredible work at Brighton & Hove Albion. While the Seagulls were a mid-table club under Potter at best, the high-intensity and attacking football made them one of the most entertaining sides in the Premier League despite the moderate investment in the squad. Prior, Potter also coached Swansea City in the Championship and Östersund across various tiers of Swedish football.
Jesse Marsch is another coach with Premier League experience. However, the American's time in England’s top division was not too impressive – while Leeds United avoided relegation in the first season under Marsch, they were sitting 17th when the club bid farewell to the coach in February 2023.
Marsch made a name for himself at teams belonging to the Red Bull franchise, as he coached New York Red Bulls (2015-18), Red Bull Salzburg (2019-21) and RB Leipzig (2021). He won two titles in charge of the New York Red Bulls and was named MLS Coach of the Year in 2015. At Red Bull Salzburg, he completed two domestic doubles. Things didn't go as smoothly at Leipzig, though, as he was sacked after 17 matches.
Nevertheless, Marsch could be a safe bet for Rangers as does well in long-term projects, which is exactly what the club needs after going through three managers in the space of two seasons.
By far the most experienced on the list is 74-year-old Neil Warnock who has been coaching since the 1980s. He holds the record for the most games managed at the professional level in England and the most promotions won.
In the long journey which has been his career, Warnock has led Premier League sides like Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Cardiff City, and Queens Park Rangers. Besides, he has vast experience in the lower divisions as well, having coached a total of 16 clubs.
Warnock’s last club was Huddersfield Town who he left by mutual agreement in September. Despite his age, the English gaffer insisted that he was not ready to call it quits. While not the most modern coach, considering his experience and tactical adaptability, Warnock could do well at Rangers. The 74-year-old may be intrigued by a potential offer as he has never coached outside the English football system.
Even if you do not recognize the name, you may still be aware of who Kjetil Knutsen is – he’s the Bodo/Glimt coach that beat Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma 6-1 in the UEFA Conference League in 2021/22.
Of course, that is not the top achievement of Knutsen’s career. The Norwegian never made it professional as a player and started his coaching career at the youth level in the 1990s. His first steps at the senior level were with Hovding in the lower divisions, and then he worked with Fyllingsdalen (2009-13) in the second tier and Asane (2014-16) in the Eliteserien.
Knutsen became head coach of Bodo/Glimt in 2018 and that’s where the fairytale began. With the dominating, attacking approach, the team finished second in 2019, won their first ever league title in 2020 and then followed it with another one in 2021. Kjetil continues with Bodo/Glimt as his team currently tops Eliteserien and plays UEFA Conference League football – it won’t be easy convincing him to leave right now.