Please don't go! McCoist fears the worst if players walk away
23:44 GMT, 4 May 2012
Ally McCoist admitted last night that the prospect of players walking away from Rangers under a newco scenario would be a ‘devastating blow’.
Sportsmail reported on Friday that senior players within the Ibrox dressing room remain concerned at being told by administrators Duff & Phelps they would have no option but to move to Bill Miller’s new Rangers.
Legal advice from PFA Scotland indicates otherwise, but McCoist stressed that not all players would necessarily opt to quit Ibrox even if they had the choice.
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‘It would be a devastating blow if it happened,’ the Rangers manager said. ‘But we are all assuming, if there’s a possibility that the players can leave, that they will do that. That might not be the case.
‘There are a lot of players here who love playing for the club and appreciate what the club is all about. Never underestimate that.
‘There are a good few boys here who have grown up with the club and know what Rangers is all about. It’s maybe not just as straightforward as a lot of people would think. Not all footballers just want to take a fast buck.
‘Footballers are intelligent enough to understand they have to look after themselves and their families — of course they do.
‘But to suggest there is absolutely no loyalty at all among players, I would say, is totally wrong.’
McCoist is anxious for clarification on the issue, with one source close to the dressing room telling Sportsmail this week that players felt they were being ‘taken for a ride’ by the administrators.
The Rangers boss added: ‘It’s opinion at the moment and there would have to be a decision made by the powers-that-be.
‘I don’t think that it’s clear-cut with a right or a wrong in terms of the players’ contracts.
‘It’s something that would have a massive impact on the club if the players were allowed to leave or wanted to exercise that right.
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‘It would obviously not be a scenario that would suit the club at all. Clarification on that would have to be looked at sharpish.’
Intriguingly, McCoist admitted there were ‘no guarantees’ over his own future under prospective new owner Miller.
Following a series of trans-Atlantic phone calls, the Ibrox boss describes the American’s appointment as preferred bidder as a ‘positive’ development. However, McCoist is cautiously optimistic his efforts in holding the club together will be recognised.
Asked if he had received any assurances McCoist said: ‘He (Miller) hasn’t come out and said it, but I would be very disappointed — after having the conversations I have had with him — if that was not the case.
‘He has been very forthright in his views and demands of what he wants from me, in terms of opinions and so on.
‘So, I would be hopeful I will still be manager under Bill Miller. But, as I say, there are no guarantees.’
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McCoist hopes to fly to Miller’s Tennessee HQ as soon as possible for a face-to-face meeting.
The two men spoke following Wednesday night’s 5-0 thrashing of Dundee United and again last night.
McCoist added: ‘He (Miller) had a good conversation with Sandy Jardine as well and he wants to speak to people who have a feel for the club.
‘He has already asked me what I think we need to be competitive, but as yet he has not told me if he wants a chief executive, director of football or a board of directors.
‘But he has told me, if he becomes the new owner, him and I would have the most important relationship at the club, which I believe would have to be the case.’