Overthrow of blundering Le Guen should leave fans proud not bitter

Last updated : 18 January 2007 By Billy Charles Lara
A two-hour train journey and 20 minute walk later, I was high in the south stand at Fir Park, adding my voice to the incessant cries of "O' Barry Barry!....", before the match, during the match, and after. There was no doubt in my mind that Le Guen felt to the bone the feelings of the majority of fans that his decision to lynch Barry was one arrogant "I'm the boss and I make the decisions whatever the cost" gamble too many.

The Rangers fans should be proud - especially that number that were passionate enough to make their feelings so clearly felt to the manager on that fateful day. You cant see into the future but perhaps, just perhaps, the demise of PLG may be viewed as a glorious coup d'état - forcing the hapless manager out who was making decision after decision which was destroying the club. Murray has never been that keen to pull the trigger - it wasn't a sacking - I believe the fans were crucial in forcing Le Guen to fold. He left out of his own desire in the knowledge he had lost - lost for answers, lost the fans support, lost his heart for the job, lost the plot.

And let there be no mistake about it - Le Guen WAS hapless - the sooner all fans come to terms with this undeniable truth the better. Astonishingly inept man-management, choosing to publicly undermine the confidence of Boyd, McGregor, Burke and of course Barry. The blind and sheer bloody-minded insistence on backing the worst defensive pairing in one hundred years of Rangers history (most aerially inept without question). How much of a mistake does it now seem not to have secured Pressley when he was available? A 36 year old David Weir over a 32 year old Pressley? The inspiration Pressley would offer to a demoralised team, and now he's fueling shirt-sales as a hero for the other side - It was a no-brainer for sure.

And now he has left, Le Guen is still causing damaging divisions among the fans. His whispering campaigns about Barry being the antichrist and Boyd's hangovers etc.. he is simply trying to conjure up scapegoats to cover his OWN failure. Le Guen left because of shambolic results and performances - in other words pure, simple failure - it was HIS responsibility - HE was the problem. Any lack of communication was HIS fault - after all he is in Scotland and must learn our language, not the other way round! Trying to throw the blame solely on the players was a dirty trick Im disappointed so many Rangers fans fell for.

The Rangers fans were the cavalry which finally over-ran the forces of Le Guen in what I believe was a crucial battle in the history of the club.

I know it sounds far-fetched - but think where we would be if Le Guen had not departed. Barry would have left, Boyd would have followed, Burke would have gone for sure - not to mention who would have come in (disastrous transfer track-record considered). A key part of the Scottish back bone of the team would have been removed and the Scottish essence of the dressing room, which has spurred the team to success for decades, would have gone.

The appointment of Smith and McCoist was a moment of clarity for Sir David Murray - one which he should be congratulated upon. The signs are so positive - a return to the signing policy of 9 in a row which Celtic's recent success has been based upon: a team of British players punctuated by quality foreign imports, not vice versa.

Now Rangers are Rangers again. No "reinvention" or "revolutions". Rangers needed to return to that special team we used to be - not reinvent ourselves to something completely unrecognisable from our most distinguished past. We're lucky enough to have such a fantastic tradition - lets seek to retain it through the ages - seeking a new path along unknown roads has once again failed.

Now we're on the right road, the fans must unite and follow the team as one voice. One Cry.

Billy Charles Lara