There are three possibilities when it comes to the Ibrox manager hunt. Only one of them is potentially positive for the club.
The others are bitterly negative.
Even the positive option is only that in so much as they will soon have a new manager. Whether he has what it takes to wrench the title out of Celtic’s hands is an open question … but it’s pretty unlikely.
The two negative options are the ones the media refuses even to consider. You notice how Jackson and others are writing that the board has completed its process?
Their suggestion is that the two candidates are sitting waiting by the phone with baited breath. But you only have to look at the conduct of the two candidates to know this is miles from the truth.
Clement spent some of the week in Saudi, looking at their offer.
Muscat has been busy working with his team, in a contract he has there until December and which he’s suggested that he would want to see out because there are honours up for grabs.
Clement appears to be still trying to decide whether he wants to go to Ibrox.
Muscat, who probably does, is waiting to see what the campaign he’s involved in delivers and he seems to be trying to decide if he wants to leave it early.
So who exactly is waiting by the phone here?
It sounds an awful lot to me like the first manager to answer them with a “yes” can have the gig.
But what if neither of them does that?
Kevin Muscat would take it … but if he doesn’t intend to come until January, what state does that leave them in? Are they going to reopen “the search”? What an embarrassment that would be for them, and yet it’s one they have set themselves up for here.
I am not convinced either manager is waiting on a call; rather it’s the club which is waiting for one, and you can read that between the lines.
The other possibility is that neither of the two men has even been formally offered it yet because there is a split on the Ibrox board over who it is they should hire. In this event, I think the first manager who sounds committed will get it.
Still, of all possible outcomes that is the worst for them by far, and again this is something that has been hinted at in the media; that their directors are divided down the middle on which candidate is best.
What that means, of course, is that half of the board will feel that the decision was not theirs and will wash their hands of him the second he starts to slip.
It’s not a great place for any manager to be in, to know that he doesn’t have the support of the guys above him. Some of them, sure, but a new boss, and especially one in his circumstances needs them all.
The media here is a joke in how they are running with this story.
That club over there is back in football action in seven days time, and whilst I think their board would have been smart to have taken its time on this it is clear that whatever the delay here is that it’s not down to them doing that.
This is something else, but as per usual the media doesn’t want to dig.
I have a feeling there’s a twist to come here and it will be hilarious if it’s one that leaves the club – and its media allies – with egg all over their face.