The Rangers reign of Pedro Caixinha is one which many fans won’t look back on too fondly.
Yet on his return to Mexico with Cruz Azul, Pedro has won the Copa MX for only the fourth time in the club’s history.
He’s also been caught up in a ferocious media storm. Caixinha was banned for the semi and final after arguing with fans. This time at the side of the pitch and not in a bush.
Caixinha then refused to answer questions from the media after the final, demanding respect and asking “do you want me to get mad at you?”
Nice guy, yes, decent manager, maybe, Scottish football expert, definitely not
The cup win shows there’s obviously a decent manager there but his vulnerability off the pitch was especially evident here.
The Portuguese manager took over at Rangers in March 2017 and couldn’t turn the tide at Ibrox. It was a wild risk and an amazingly reckless appointment on reflection. Seven months later he was gone.
Beyond just the intrinsic footballing differences between Scotland and Mexico, Caixinha struggled with obtuse press coverage. He tried to manage it with non-footballing soundbites. There was a culture clash with his analysis of matches and theirs. Caixinha was up against it from the off. But he was always going to be.
He just didn’t have a clue how it works it here. Steven Gerrard is considerably better with the press.
But poor press management is not his lasting Rangers legacy. Really, poor financial management is. Let’s not talk about some of the results on the pitch either.
Almost criminally, Caixinha shipped out some of the club’s best British talent for peanuts. He signed international dross for millions. That era has been reflected in the financials released during the week.
Incredibly poor judgement in the transfer window
The miserable sales of Martyn Waghorn and Barrie McKay, who’ve since moved for not-inconsiderable fees, are symbolic of his failings in the transfer window. The lingering thought of £2.5m+ Carlos Pena’s return in January is enough to make you wince.
He spent millions and lost millions and set the club back by a year. It’s not just his fault either. His appointment was a wild risk.
Pedro Caixinha is undoubtedly a nice guy, and he may be a decent manager, but his old failings at the club are still a dark cloud over Ibrox.