Rangers-linked manager Graham Potter has reportedly knocked back Lyon as the conversation continues around the Ibrox future of Michael Beale.

According to Sky Sports, ex-Chelsea manager Potter has turned down the Ligue 1 job despite being impressed with the plans of the French club’s American chairman John Textor.

The ex-Brighton coach has been out of work for five months since leaving Chelsea and was the French side’s first choice to take over from Laurent Blanc.

The situation will be of interest to Rangers fans given the ongoing frustration aimed at current coach Michael Beale, who is a man under increasing pressure at Ibrox.

After a stuttering start to the season – where Rangers have dropped into the Europa League and lost two of their opening four Premiership fixtures – the pressure is on the ex-Ibrox assistant.

Throw in the fact there are now major doubts over the Rangers manager’s recruitment and there are genuine fears about the club’s title ambitions this season.

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It’s led plenty to suggest that perhaps sacking the manager and looking elsewhere is the way to go for Rangers with Graham Potter a name doing the rounds in Ibrox circles.

Mentioned as a prime candidate for the job by Curtis Woodhouse, this got plenty of Rangers fans musing over Graham Potter before news of Lyon’s interest broke.

Whilst there has been nothing to suggest Rangers are going to sack Michael Beale – in fact quite the opposite – some fans are already beginning to look beyond the former QPR boss.

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The latest reports suggest that new Ibrox chairman John Bennett is set to stick by Michael Beale for now but it’s clear that if results don’t change, Rangers will act.

With Graham Potter turning down Lyon, the talented English manager remains a managerial option for any top club and it’s clear the coach is biding his time for the right job.

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