This site has written loads of times about the lack of imagination at Ibrox, and their propensity for copying Celtic. But seriously; can they really be so desperate as to hire Kevin Muscat on the back of the success Ange Postecoglou had at Celtic?
The idea looks better on paper than it is in practice. Because on paper you can sort of understand it. It’s when you subject it to scrutiny that it dies a grim death, the sort of grim death it would be certain to suffer upon exposure to the world outside of their fantasies.
Muscat has won things as a manager. His club record is almost on a par with that of Ange himself. But that’s because Ange preceded him at the two clubs where he’s had that success. He did nothing original. He took over clubs that Ange had built, knew better than to tweak the tactics too much and was perfectly content to surf in the big man’s slipstream.
He has just once tried to run a club without Ange being there before him; he took over at Sint-Truiden in Belgium. He lasted a matter of months, with two wins in fifteen games. Left to his own devices he didn’t just flop. He was an absolute disaster. No club would touch him until Yokohama realised, when Ange left for Celtic, that he was a perfect fit; someone who would come in and do things exactly the same way that our former manager did.
This is such a lazy idea, such a weak idea, and it basically only has one thing to sell it, and that’s the apparent similarity of the two men’s records. They reckon that what one man can do the other can do, and it’s so unimaginative and another example of them seeing something work at Celtic without really understanding why it worked.
Because that similarity is only a surface thing. Ange was also the boss of the Australian youth and senior national teams and won things with both of them too. He was a much more accomplished coach than simply winning leagues. In addition to the international successes, he actually won titles with two separate teams in Australia; this guy is the real thing.
What we know now is that Ange was headed for Europe before long anyway; AEK Athens would certainly have given him the job and he’d been looked at by several clubs in England, and the City Group rated him highly and so did everyone in it. Where is the real interest in Muscat? He has nothing like the profile Ange did, and there’s a reason for that.
They just don’t get it. They don’t really get anything we do. Their arrogance is such that they look at us and assume that simply copying us will work, because, after all, we can’t simply be better at this than they are, working with better information than they are, and possessed of vastly greater resources, right? No, we’re simply lucky and if they only latch onto it, they can accomplish big things of their own. That is a joke. That club is a joke.
I am not in the least bit surprised that this mad idea is being taken seriously, or that it has such wide-ranging support on the forums over there. The media is lapping it up. The Record “jury” gave their verdict on who should get the job yesterday; three of them actually said McInnes. One said Martindale and then said that “the snobs might laugh.” Hey, everyone will laugh, not just the snobs. The rest of them took Muscat. They really are sold on it.
Reports today suggest that he’s turned down a contract extension in Japan. He’s up for it, and I for one hope that he gets it. His connection with their club, and his reputation as a thug, are just what the doctor ordered. Mr Staunch comes with a good CV.
But he’s not walking in Ange’s footsteps anymore but in his shadow instead, and he’s going up against an even better manager. He will not be well resourced, and the Ibrox fans have no patience for the long haul. Rather than take over a football machine which is winning, he would inherit a disaster. He would be lucky to last as long as The Mooch did.
That club is unbelievable.