When Pedro Caixinha was employed in March the idea that Caixinha could follow the success of his countrymen Mourinho and Marco Silva. His managerial CV was that of a journeyman manager and not one in fitting with Ranger’s tradition of winners. At the time many people felt it was a left-field appointment and was unlikely to be successful due to his lack of knowledge regarding the Scottish game. Last week, Rangers owner Dave King relieved the Portuguese man of his duties after a tumultuous 7 months in charge. Caxinha ,who is believed to have walked away with a five hundred thousand pound pay-off, will go down as another failed foreign experiment for the Gers similar to the poor spell of Frenchman Paul Le Guen in 2006/7. A win percentage of just 53.8% in 29 games meant the writing was on the wall for a manager who the Ibrox faithful expected to put Rangers back into contention for the SPL. A desperate five one defeat at home to their Old Firm rivals and the embarrassing way that Motherwell outfought them at Hampden in the Betfred Semi-Final will be results Rangers fans will want to forget. His teams have shown a lack of defensive unity, aggression and flair going forward. Observers commented they were never clear of what Ranger’s playing style or philosophy was under the beleaguered manager.
The shock European exit to Luxemborg minnows Progress Niederkorn who are the 4th best team in Luxemborg meant his cards were marked. The tie will be remembered for the manager having an altercation with angry Rangers fans in the hedge after the tie and this scene was not in keeping of a club of Rangers stature.
One of the main issues with his press conferences with his outlandish comments. Statements like “we have the best squad in Scotland” were so wide of the mark in the light of Celtic’s record-breaking dominance and did not pull the wool over educated Rangers fans eyes. His phrase of “ the dogs are barking but the caravan keeps moving” was met with widespread derision and mockery as someone who was clearly out of his depth.
A key issue for the 46 year old Portuguese manager has been his recruitment with a reliance on players from Portugal/Mexico with only Scotsmen Graham Dorrans proving to be a success. The curious case of Carlos Pena will define Caixinha’s transfer policy at the Gers with a hefty £2m spent on the Mexican. Pena is likely to be remembered as one of the worst signings in the club’s history so far as he has appeared to be overweight, to have a poor touch and to play as an individual.
The falling out with veteran Kenny Miller was reminiscent of when unsuccessful ex-manager Le Guen fell out with club icon Barry Ferguson. Caixinha did not have full respect of the dressing room and he tried to bomb out Miller to play with the u20’s. Miller proved Pedro wrong this weekend with a fantastic brace during Graeme Murty’s first game as caretaker manager.
Rangers have not won a major trophy for 6 years now but it had become clear from his spell the Caixinha was not going to end the barren run. Owner Dave King will put the 7 months under the Portugese man down as an expensive mistake on his part.
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