Rangers appoint Steve Davis as new interim manager

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Rangers have appointed former snooker player Steve Davis as their interim manager after parting ways with Michael Beale following Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Aberdeen.

Former world number one Davis becomes the 11th manager in Rangers’ illustrious 11-year history.

LONDON – JANUARY 17: Steve Davis of England pulls a face in his match against Shaun Murphy of England during the 2007 Saga Insurance Masters Snooker at Wembley Arena on January 17, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Davis will take the team to Cyprus for Thursday’s Europa League group game with Aris Aerosol or something and is likely to remain in charge for the trip to face SPL giants St Mirren on Sunday.

Dennis Taylor, Jimmy White and Stephen Hendry will join his backroom staff with former Gers midfielder Alex Rae returning to the club to cut up the half-time oranges.

‘At the age of 66 and with absolutely f**k all prior involvement in professional football, you could be forgiven for thinking the opportunity to manage a club like Rangers has passed you by’, Davis told Paddy Power News.

‘But fair play to the Rangers board, the banter era is well and truly back at Ibrox, and I’ve been given this unique opportunity’.

On his lack of experience at any level in football, Davis remarked:

‘Football is similar to snooker, except there is only one ball and it can’t be played on a table. Unless you count Subbuteo’.

‘To be fair, I would fancy trying to flick Tavernier about the pitch’, he laughed.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 12: A general view outside Ibrox Stadium is seen prior to the UEFA Champions League group A match between Rangers FC and Liverpool FC at Ibrox Stadium on October 12, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Discussing the appointment with Paddy Power News, Rangers chairman John Bennett said:

‘First of all, I’d like to thank Ian Beale for all his hard work this season and wish him all the best as he returns to Albert Square’.

‘But now we look forward to life under Steve Davis whom I’ve greatly admired since I saw him pot all the balls on an episode of Jim Davidson’s Big Break’.

Meanwhile, Rangers fans have welcomed the appointment with many taking to social media to air their support.

‘As long as he’s a proper staunch wee Rangers man that bleeds blue. Did I mention the word staunch? Staunch’, wrote Twitter user CoistyBear1960.

‘Couldn’t do a worse job than Pedro Caixinha’, tweeted HatleysHairline1523245.

‘This is all somehow Stevie Gerrard’s fault. Leaving Rangers to manage in the Premier League only to end up in the Saudi Farmers League with Jesse Lingard’.

‘And now Rangers are third in a two-horse race. Cheers Stevie. Kids crying now’, wrote DuriesHeadBandage71.

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