Rangers Offer Souness Way out of Toon

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), December 6, 2005 | Go to article overview

Rangers Offer Souness Way out of Toon


Byline: By Alan Oliver

Rangers will part company with their manager Alex McLeish tonight ( and the word from Scotland is that this will increase Graeme Souness' chances of returning to Ibrox.

Rangers entertain Inter Milan in the Champions League, and sources in Glasgow told me today that, regardless of the result, McLeish will be leaving Ibrox.

They even say that pounds 900,000 compensation ( a year's salary ( has already been agreed between Rangers and McLeish, but that both parties agreed to stay silent until after tonight's game.

Rangers can actually become the first Scottish team to reach the knockout stages of the revamped Champions League, but it is their run of nine match without a win in all competitions ( the worst run in their history ( which has sealed McLeish's fate.

The Rangers fans would love Souness to return to Ibrox, but both the club and the Scot will distance themselves from this at this moment in time for obvious reasons.

Souness is still very much manager of Newcastle United and he insists that while he has clearly lost the backing of the vast majority of supporters, he is determined to fight for his future at St James' Park.

Souness has always insisted that United will be his last managerial job, but the talk in Glasgow is that Rangers supremo David Murray sees his big pal as a possible director of football, with a younger coach looking after the players. …

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