Rangers’ manager target, now to replace….

BREAKING NEWS: Rangers’ manager target, now to replace Mick Beale at Sunderland instead

It’s a funny old game at times, football. He could have replaced Mick Beale at Rangers in late-2023, and that very same manager may now end up succeeding the former Ibrox boss at Sunderland instead less than 12 months on.

If you’re one of those who believes we may be living in some sort of uber-complex simulation, this is a story which reinforces the feeling that our fate has been mapped out before us with algorithms and coding.

Rangers reportedly had high hopes for Pascal Jansen after growing impatient with Mick Beale in October.

While still on loan at AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie, Jansen would later tell Sky Sports, “That Rangers talk caught me by surprise.” Naturally, I’m flattered since Rangers is a huge team and I have goals and aspirations.

Naturally, Philippe Clement would be chosen by the Glasgow giants instead. Jansen, on the other hand, concluded the 2-2023/24 jobless period after being fired by Arizona after a lackluster European season.

One-time Rangers target could now join Sunderland

Now, Alan Nixon of The Sun reports via his Patreon page that Jansen’s return to management may mark the conclusion of Sunderland’s protracted hunt for a new head coach.

They haven’t had one in four months; that would be Beale, who was fired in February after a dismal 12-game stretch during which he made very few friends and much fewer of an influence.

According to Nixon, Sunderland has narrowed down its management hunt to three exceptional applicants. The London-born Jansen is one, along with Dave Challinor and St. Mirren manager Stephen Robinson, who recently led Stockport County to the League Two championship ahead of the Wrexham team sponsored by Hollywood.

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Jansen may not have ticked every box on Rangers’ hitlist – Clement, after all, brought with him a proven track record when it comes to winning league titles – but he feels like a good fit at Sunderland.

Sunderland still need a new manager

Following Tony Mowbray’s resignation before Christmas, i News revealed that the Black Cats were looking for forward-thinking, contemporary managers who enjoyed working with the kind of technically brilliant young players that Sunderland had a tendency to prioritize in the transfer

Meanwhile, Jansen is probably going to find the Sunderland position very appealing. And not just because it has been almost six months since he last appeared in a dugout after being passed over by Ajax himself.

Beale may have been a complete bust, winning just four games at the Stadium of Light, but this Sunderland squad is full of young talent, has a huge fan base, and has the kind of pull that should dwarf many other teams in the second division of English football.

If Jansen accepts the position, he might face another former Rangers target in 2024–2025.

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That helps to understand why they were interested in Will Still, a 31-year-old, and Francesco Farioli, another young manager, at the time.

According to reports, Farioli and Rangers had discussions after Giovanni Van Bronckhorst left in 2022. The young Italian with his VO5 haircut, who made Nice one of the best-trained teams in Europe’s top divisions, is now charged with returning Ajax to the pinnacle of Dutch football.

Jose Cordoba, a month after visiting Ibrox and holding advanced talks with The Gers, completed his £3 million move from Levski Sofia to play-off semi-finalists Norwich City this week.

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