Rangers have announced the departure of Michael Beale, which had been widely anticipated, and have appointed club favorite Steven Davis as his interim replacement. Calls for Beale’s exit grew louder following the team’s 3-1 defeat by Aberdeen at Ibrox on Saturday, prompting fans to once again boo the players off the pitch.
“The Rangers board confirms that it has parted ways with Michael Beale, the men’s first-team manager,” the club’s statement read. “The board would like to express their gratitude to Michael and his staff for their efforts since joining the club last November. The results this season have fallen short of the expectations of everyone connected to Rangers.
“As a result, the decision was made today to terminate the manager’s contract, as well as those of coaches Neil Banfield, Damian Matthew, Harry Watling, and Jack Ade. The club is pleased to announce that Steven Davis will lead the interim management team. The team will consist of former Rangers player and highly experienced coach Alex Rae, former player and current coach Steven Smith, coach Brian Gilmour, and goalkeeping coach Colin Stewart.”
Rangers Chairman John Bennett said, “I’d like to thank Michael for his dedicated work since he rejoined the club as manager last November. It is clear that results have fallen well short of the board’s, Michael’s, and our supporters’ expectations. The search process for the new manager is already underway. I wish Steven Davis and the interim management team every success – they will remain in charge until the right appointment is made.”
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— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 2, 2023