Ex-Rangers striker Shota Arveladze took another step closer to becoming the new Hull City manager after Grant McCann was sacked from his job at the KC Stadium.
The Northern Irish coach is a popular figure at Hull and despite guiding the club to back-to-back victories last week he now steps down as boss of the Championship side.
After a £30m takeover of the club from Turkish media tycoon Acun Ilicali the manager has been released with ex-Gers star Arveladze the man reportedly set to replace him.
Taking to their official website, the Turkish businessman thanked Grant McCann for his service to the club as he explained the move.
“Grant has done an excellent job for this football club in difficult circumstances, most specifically during the takeover process, and for that I offer my sincere thanks,” said Acun Ilicali [Hull City].
“These matters are never easy and are more often than not protracted. During the process, Grant has always remained professional and fully focused on the team, and will forever be a friend of the Tigers. I’m sure Grant will be successful in whatever his next challenge is.
“However, now is the time for change and for me to start to build, in what I believe will be an incredibly exciting time for the club.
“I have a philosophy and a belief that our project should start as we mean to carry on and that involves having my team in place.
“I understand the timing may look odd, after two good wins, but I wouldn’t be fair or honest if I merely waited for a defeat to change manager.
“That benefits nobody. I will continue to be transparent with you, our fans. Our new head coach will be announced very shortly.”
Ex-Rangers striker Arveladze primed for Hull City job after Grant McCann sacking
Ex-Rangers striker Shota Arveladze is currently out of working after leaving Uzbek side Pakhtakor Tashkent on a high in 2020.
The Tbilisi-born boss guided Tashkent to an impressive treble in 2019 before securing the double a year later and left having lifted five trophies with the club.
Trophies are something Shota Arveladze was very familiar with as a player having lifted numerous prizes with Dinamo Tbilisi, Trabzonspor, Ajax and Rangers in his career.
At Ibrox the ex-Gers striker won five trophies; two SPL titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup.
After retiring in 2008, Shota worked as assistant manager at AZ under Louis van Gaal, Ronald Koeman and Dick Advocaat, before going on to manage Kayserispor, Kasimpasa and Trabzonspor in Turkey and Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.
Now, the ex-Rangers striker looks set to take over from Grant McCann at Hull City and we’re sure Gers fans will be following his success closely.
Meanwhile, Rangers links to a high-profile Galatasaray international have resurfaced but there’s more than a hint of dubiety about the reports.