Former Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has held talks with Scottish side Rangers over their vacant managerial position, according to the Daily Record.
Rowett is currently without a club following his sacking by Birmingham back in December, a decision which was very unpopular with the fans. Birmingham were seventh in the Championship table when they sacked Rowett and replaced him with Gianfranco Zola, but now the Midlands club lie in 17th.
Rowett has been linked with several clubs since his sacking, including Blackburn Rovers, but Rangers are the first club in Scotland to be interested in his signature.
Confusion reigned last month when Rangers announced they had replaced Mark Warburton, as no one knew quite what had happened. Rangers released a statement announcing that they had accepted Warburton’s resignation, but the former Brentford manager claimed that he knew nothing about the matter.
Regardless, Rangers are now looking for a new manager to lead the side into a title-challenge next season. The club are currently third in the SPL table, a massive 33 points behind leaders Celtic. Whilst Rowett has held talks with the club, it is understood that Al-Gharafa head coach Pedro Caixinha would be Rangers first-choice to replace Warburton.
Rowett said on the matter: “It doesn’t mean to say they want me to be their manager. I just had a conversation with the club. It is like anything, especially being an out of work manager, people say ‘would you like to meet?’ It was important for me to go and meet them and share my vision and my philosophy.
“I have done that with a few clubs who are looking for their next manager. That is what you are in football for. The bigger the pressure, the bigger the club, the bigger the games, the bigger the competition. You want to work at the highest level at any club and you want the biggest club possible. Whatever decision any of these clubs make, not just Rangers, that is their prerogative.” (Daily Record).