Rangers icon Ally McCoist has opened up on the some of the job interviews he had after leaving Ibrox, being interviewed for managerial roles at QPR, Blackburn and Sunderland – and McCoist admits he’s been lucky to return to broadcasting after missing out on all three.
After leaving Rangers in 2014, McCoist planned a return to the dugout, despite the circumstances of his Ibrox reign, confessing his stint in the hotseat in Govan was affecting his health by the end.
McCoist claims that former Rangers owner Sir David Murray said he never knew what kind of manager the Gers’ all-time record goal-scorer would become – tagging him a definite “crisis manager.”
“David Murray said to me: ‘We’ll never really know what kind of manager you were. But you were definitely a crisis manager.’” McCoist said [The Guardian]
“I would never know but looking at me you have to say it was affecting my health. Lack of sleep, not eating right, no rest. Getting away from it certainly did me a lot of good.
“I had some interviews – QPR, Blackburn, Sunderland. It has worked to my benefit that I didn’t get any of them. Particularly Sunderland – a club that I dearly love – just completely lost its way. When I didn’t get those jobs I just felt I had to do something. I’ve been really, really lucky.”
Since returning to media work, McCoist has quickly regained his place as everyone’s favourite pundit.
The Ibrox icon has also made a few appearances covering the Light Blues this season for Sky as the broadcaster’s use some new faces in their coverage of Scottish football.
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